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DSC-2006 to be held as per schedule: Minister

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Government to appeal in High Court against APAT verdict on common service rules

NELLORE: The District Selection Committee (DSC-2006) will be conducted as per schedule despite the Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal (APAT) quashing the common service rules for teachers.

"The Government will appeal against quashing of 27/05 of the Act concerned and GO No 95 and 96 in the High Court. Therefore, it will not hamper the schedule of DSC-2006, which will be conducted on September 9, 10 and 11 across the State," School Education Minister N. Rajyalakshmi told reporters on Tuesday.

"It is unfortunate that the APAT quashed the amended Act, which was drafted to do equal justice both for Panchayat Raj and Government teachers in the State. The School Education Department will, however, consult legal experts to see that both transfers as well as promotions besides the DSC-2006 schedules will not get affected in any manner," the Minister said.

It may be recalled that the then Government issued orders merging both the Panchayat Raj and Government teacher cadres in 1998 as the latter had only been getting promotional avenues in the absence of local cadre organisation for Panchayat Raj teachers.

Opposing the move, Government teachers approached the High Court and got the judgment in their favour in September, 2003. However, both State Government as well as teachers' unions later filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

Ordinance issued

Subsequently, the Government without waiting for the apex court's verdict issued an ordinance merging the Panchayat Raj and Government service cadres in 2005. It even amended the Act and drafted new common service rules for both teachers.

Accordingly, the Government has promoted thousands of teachers and transferred more than 60,000 of whom a majority of them are Panchyat Raj teachers.

Against this backdrop, several Government teachers in the State have approached the APAT against the whole issue and got a judgment in their favour.

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