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Implement court orders, demand schoolteachers

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"Issue service continuation orders on permanent basis" Government urged to ensure that pay orders of teachers are issued before 15th of every month to enable them to encash salary on the last day of the month

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary School Vocational Teachers Kazhagam has urged the State Government to implement orders of the Division Bench of the Madras High Court dated June 24, 2004 and July 18, 2004 regarding implementation of government orders relating to grade-1 and grade-2 vocational teachers.

A resolution was passed at the administrative committee and State conference preparatory meeting of the association in Chennai last week presided over by State president D. Ramachandran, a release here said.

S.N. Janardhanan, State general secretary of the association, said that as per G.O. No.712/1990 issued by the Education Department, 800 grade-1 vocational teachers were brought under the time scale of pay with effect from April 1, 1990, while G.O. No.967/1992 brought 602 grade-1 vocational teachers under the time scale. But, through a subsequent G.O. No.834/1994, the Government nullified the earlier G.O.s and brought only 602 grade-1 vocational teachers under the time scale.

The High Court, in its June 24, 2004 judgment, quashed G.O.No.834/1994 and directed the Government to grant benefits to the vocational teachers as per G.O.s No.712/1990 and No.967/1992.

In its judgment dated July 18, 2004, the court directed the Government to fix the 636 fully qualified grade-2 vocational teachers on the regular time scale (with basic pay of Rs. 5,500).

Delay in releasing salary

Mr. Janardhanan said all categories of teachers, including the vocational teachers, did not get their monthly salary in time in view of the issue of the express pay orders by the Government at the month-end. The association representatives, therefore, submitted a memorandum to the Education Secretary, urging him to ensure that pay orders of all teachers are issued before the 15th of every month to enable them to encash their salary on the last day of the month.

By another resolution, the association requested the State Government to issue "service continuation orders" on a permanent basis or on the basis of renewal once in five years to all categories of teachers, headmasters and non-teaching staff who are presently affected by the delay in the issue of express pay orders.

The association requested the Government to consider vocational teachers' service during the period they were drawing consolidated pay for the purpose of determining their eligibility for pension.

As per rules only those who had put in a minimum of 10 years of service (excluding their period of service in consolidated pay) were eligible for pension. Under this rule, several teachers who joined in 1978 have either died or retired, but were not eligible for pension, the association said.

The State conference of the association would be held in Chennai in the second week of October. The Chief Minister and the Education Minister would be among the invitees.

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