The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday clarified that it had not issued any new order about the marital status criterion in Urdu teachers’ appointment and thus there was no question of revoking it.
“We did not issue any new order specific to marital status, nor have revoked it. Status quo would prevail. Just as in any government job, be a person a Hindu or Muslim, no one with multiple wives can be employed by the government. Media is creating all the confusion,” UP minister of state for basic education Wasim Ahmed told Hindustan Times on Saturday.
Wasim further clarified: “Anyone can apply, but only those who fulfil eligibility and qualifications would get the job. However, those with more than one wife would not get the job as per the pre-existent rules and regulations under which the government cannot employ someone with multiple wives.”
The state government said the appointments would be made as per the rules and regulation in the past and there will be no change.
The government recently issued notice for appointment of 3,500 Urdu teachers in primary schools. It mentioned that candidates applying for the post must reveal their marital status and all those with two living wives would not be eligible. Women candidates married to a man with other wife/wives have also been barred from applying. But Wasim said “this rule is not specific to urdu teachers or muslim applicants. It is common for all kinds of appointments and all communities.”
The Muslim Personal Law Board has strongly opposed the move by the state government, saying the order was violative of Islamic law and rights of Muslims.
On Tuesday, some section of media reported that men with two wives cannot be appointed as Urdu teachers in UP and on Friday-Saturday some reported that now men with two wives can be recruited as Urdu teachers.