Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court High on Monday directed the Punjab government to file an affidavit stating its proposal and process to fill the vacant posts of elementary teachers.
The counsel for the Punjab government PPS Thethi had told the Division Bench comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Lisa Gill that the process to fill the vacant posts of elementary teachers is on and almost all the posts will be filled by March 2017.
On this, the Division Bench asked the Punjab government counsel to submit an affidavit stating the entire process on filling the vacant posts and adjourned the case to Tuesday. It is mentioned that the court had taken suo moto notice of the two unemployed elementary teachers who have climbed the tower. Both and other unemployed teachers have qualified teachers’ eligibility test (TET) for recruitment as teachers.
Apart from this, the Bench also appointed two lawyers Jagmohan Singh Bhatti and Tanu Bedi as amicus curiae and directed them to prevail upon two elementary teachers who have climbed on mobile tower in Punjab Bhawan in Sector 3 here. They have also been asked to explain about the proposal of the Punjab government to fill the vacant posts.
The Bench also asked Renu Sidana, representative of the teachers’ union also to impress upon those who have climbed upon the tower to come down.
Earlier, Punjab government counsel said that the government had advertised to fill the vacant posts twice and many posts had fallen vacant despite the advertisement. He said that the government had written to three concerned departments to deserve these posts and once it is done these posts would be filled from the general category. He said that representatives of these teachers union have met the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The fear of the teachers is unfounded, he added.
He said that 25 per cent of the reserved posts which would be deserved will be filled with the general category candidates and process for this is already on. He said that all the posts would be filled by March 31 2017.
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