SC Ultimatum To UP Govt Re-Kindles Hope Of Shiksha Mitra’s

LUCKNOW || In a breather for the community of aspiring Shikshamitra’s of Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court has given a big decision in the case of recruitment of 69,000 Shikshamitras.

The apex court has ordered the Yogi regime to start the process of recruitment on the remaining seats. The order was issued by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.

The government will have to complete the process in the next six months and the initiation of the process should not take more than six weeks from the day of the passage of the order. Apart from this, the court directed that one per cent weightage should be given to Shiksha Mitra’s with 4 years of experience.

Meanwhile the President of Distance BTC Shiksha Mitra Sangh, Anil Yadav has said ‘the teachers had full expectation from the court that an order would come in favour, but it did not happen. The Union will meet the UP government and urge to secure the future of Shiksha Mitra’s.

The important decision comes at the backdrop of the Yogi government deciding that casual leave of Shiksha Mitra’s will be extended by two days. Now Shiksha Mitras’ will get 14 casual holidays instead of 12 in a year.

UP’s Shikshamitra’s have been rallying for their rights for quite some time now. They have placed multiple demands before the government. Lucknow over the past few years had become a nerve centre for the Shiksha Mitra protesting.

Akhilesh Yadav led SP regime via an amendment to Uttar Pradesh Basic Education (Teachers) Service Rule 1981, regularised Shiksha Mitras as assistant teachers pushing the Shiksha Mitra wages to as steep as Rs 35,000 per month, the Allahabad High Court found the move unconstitutional later.

The court said guidelines of the National Education Council for Teachers education were not followed. It quashed the appointment of assistant teachers who had not taken the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). The order had taken the toll on as many as 1,70,000 “Shiksha Mitras” in the state.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 appealed to Shiksha Mitras from his constituency Varanasi to not commit suicides, later Yogi Adityanath made similar pacifying gestures.

Since the inception of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in the state in 2001, the government had appointed lakhs of contractual teachers who did good work in the education field on meagre wages sans security. They not only drove admissions, but they also spread awareness about the need for a good education.

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