MP govt faces challenge of paying Rs 2,000 crore to teachers

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 18:00 IST

The already cash-strapped state government got a jolt from the Supreme Court (SC) that recently ordered it to pay arrears to teachers of government-aided schools according to the Sixth Pay Commission.

With the payments, the state government is likely to face an additional burden to the tune of Rs 2,000 crores. The apex court order has to be complied with April 2015. Sources from school education department say that an estimated 4,500 teachers would benefit from the order.

The school education minister Paras Jain said he came to know about the Supreme Court's decision recently, but hasn’t read the decision yet. "It is a decision by Supreme Court and we have to comply with it," said the minister.

When asked how the department would arrange the money, especially when it is not in a comfortable situation, the minister replied that he would discuss the issue at the higher level.

The teachers of government-aided schools had filed a petition in MP high court against government order of doing away with financial assistance to such schools through an amendment in the year 2000. After the court gave the decision in favour of the teachers, the state government moved Supreme Court.

The teachers were demanding continuation of government aid to the schools and salary according to the Fifth Pay Commission norms. By the time apex court came to conclusion in the case, Sixth Pay Commission came into force.

The teachers then demanded benefits according to the Sixth Pay Commission through the Supreme Court, which was accepted. There are about 1,200 government-aided schools in Madhya Pradesh.

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