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HC Asks Delhi Govt To Regularise Kashmiri Teachers Working Since 1994

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| May 24 , 2018 , 15:20 IST

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the AAP Government and the Four Municipal Corporations to regularize all Kashmiri migrant teachers who have been working from in Municipal and Government schools on contractual basis since 1994.

"If any of the petitioners or any other Kashmiri migrant teacher has already attained superannuation or has died in the interregnum the Govt of NCT of Delhi shall calculate their entitlement and release them to such retired employees, and in the case of death, release such amounts to the legal representatives of such deceased employees." the court added.

The Delhi government, New Delhi Municipal Council and the MCDs were directed by the bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Deepa Sharma to pass appropriate regularisation order in this regard.

The court noted that these migrant teachers functioned against regular vacancies and continue to do so for the past 22 years or more and have shared the burden of instructing pupils in NCT government and MCD schools. The Delhi high court had taken this decision with a hope that it would act as a balm for all Kashmiri migrants who suffered the loss of their homeland due to communal violence.

As per Delhi High Court, these orders shall be issued within eight weeks from today as it States that teachers play an extraordinary part in the lives of pupils, in shaping their thoughts and personalities.

The bench said, “Our society values teachers, who are venerated to the same level of parents, worthy of worship. It is a sad day for such a proud society that teachers have to reach out to courts, for what is justly their due. That this was the case with migrant teachers, who had to toil for these 20 years, with less than the minimum scale, is a sad commentary for the state which in the first place could not assure the security and safety of their life and possessions that led them to flee their native state and become refugees, in a manner of speaking, in their own country,".

The judgment brought relief and joy to Kashmiri teachers present in court. As per reports, the petitioners offered Kashmiri shawls and sweets to the judges as a token of gratitude which the judges humbly refused.

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