Mumbai: HC verdict today to decide govt action against teachers
The Maharashtra government’s action against striking teachers under Maharashtra Essential Serevices Maintenance Act (Mesma) will wait as the state is awaiting the high court verdict on the issue on Friday. HT reports.mumbai Updated: May 10, 2013 01:28 IST
The Maharashtra government’s action against striking teachers under Maharashtra Essential Serevices Maintenance Act (Mesma) will wait as the state is awaiting the high court verdict on the issue on Friday.
The higher and technical education department had demanded that the state invoke provisions of the Act and a proposal on the same was signed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan three days ago.
“The court directed the teachers on strike to conduct internal evaluation of papers in two days and submit the report. The teachers have also been directed to submit copies of the evaluated answersheets on Friday. The court is expected to give its ruling on Friday,” said a department official.
“The teachers would have to follow the directives given by the court, otherwise it would amount to contempt of the court. We expect the court to order the teachers to resume work.”
Higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope said: “The proposal for action under Mesma has already been signed by chief minister. Action will be initiated once the notification is issued. We are waiting for the court verdict.” He said only 10% teachers continue to be on strike and the rest had withdrawn.
In a meeting with Chavan on Thursday evening, Tope said that institutions running the colleges had been directed to take action against the teachers under Universities Act 1984.
“Action will be taken against institutions if they fail to take action against the teachers. The universities will monitor the situation of evaluation of the papers on day-to-day basis. The results of the exams will be announced on time,” he said.
Tope said that the government was committed toward dues of Rs1026 crore but they will be paid only after the strike is called off.