AGARTALA, May 31 - The State Cabinet today decided to file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, pleading to allow 10,323 teachers facing the axe, to stay till June 30, 2020.
The council of ministers discussed the matter pertaining to the fate of the 10,323 teachers, who will be out of service on June 30 as per the Supreme Court’s verdict, and decided to approach the apex court again, said Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath after the Cabinet meeting.
“We had an elaborate discussion on the fate of the 10,323 teachers in the light of severe shortage of qualified teachers as per the Right to Education Act. The decision to approach the apex court has been taken by keeping all aspects in mind,” he said.
Currently, the State requires 12,222 teachers of all categories, but suitable candidates have not been found even after conducting TET, a mandatory provision of the Act. Altogether 7,29,000 students are studying in 4,928 government-run schools and the number of teachers stands at around 40,000.
“We are paying for the sin committed by the erstwhile Left Front Government as we cannot ignore the future of 7,29,000 students,” Nath said.
“Our plea will be to allow the 10,323 teachers to continue till June 30, 2020 and pass a necessary order which the court deems fit,” he stated.
Nath said the Cabinet also decided to appoint an Additional Advocate General to handle 300 cases related to the State Government which are pending in the Supreme Court. Mohan Kumar Baisnab will take over charge as the Additional Advocate General.
Giving more details on the outcome of the Cabinet meeting, the Law Minister said the State Government has finalised a compensation chart to ensure proper rehabilitation of victims of crimes against women.
In cases relating to acid attack, the victim will get Rs 3 lakh as compensation. The compensation for a rape victim has been enhanced from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. A victim of sexual assault victim excluding rape will also get a compensation of Rs 2 lakh. In case of death, the victim will get Rs 2 lakh, whereas it was Rs 1 lakh earlier. A burn injury victim will receive a compensation of Rs 2 lakh.