Members of the UT Cadre Educational Employees Union have opposed the state education minister's demand of withdrawing the repatriation orders of teachers from Punjab who were on deputation in Chandigarh.
Union president Swarn Singh Kamboj wrote a letter to minister Daljit Singh Cheema, accusing him of making unreasonable demands that were in violation of the rules of deputation under Punjab civil services.
The UT administration on July 8 had issued orders to repatriate the teachers from Punjab who were deputed in Chandigarh. The education minister had criticised the order and had written a protest letter to the administration.
Cheema had argued that the UT schools had a shortage of 139 teachers from Punjab and the administration's move would worsen the situation. In the 20% total quota of teachers on deputation, Cheema had claimed that Punjab's rightful share was 12%. Citing the provisions of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, the minister had argued that appointments in Chandigarh had to maintain a 60:40 ratio of employees from Punjab and Haryana.
Swarn Singh Kamboj in his letter to the minister said, "There are over 200 teachers on deputation in UT who are serving from the past 25 years which is a gross violation of the deputation rules. We have never protested against the deputation quota but rules have to be followed". He added that if people were not returned to their parent states then others would not get an opportunity to work in the UT.
Kamboj claimed that according to the deputation rules a teacher had to serve for at least five years in his/her parent state before he/she was eligible for deputation to UT.
Alleging that many teachers had violated the norm, Kamboj said "There is long list of teachers who didn't work for the appropriate time period in their parent state before being sent to Chandigarh"and added that the UT education department had flouted rules by promoting teachers who were on deputation.
Talking to HT, Kambhoj said that the majority of teachers who were bending the laws belonged to influential families.