About 4,000 teaching and non-teaching staff, working with more than 700 special schools for disabled children in the state, got a reprieve on Wednesday after the Bombay High Court stayed their proposed retrenchment.
The state government, on July 6, decided to retrench 3,911 teaching and non-teaching staff members from the special schools on recommendation from an expert committee. The committee was appointed by the state in 2009 to examine the issue of the staff members declared to be a surplus.
The 3,911 employees were declared a surplus after the state introduced a new staffing pattern for special schools in August 2004. Some of the employees had challenged the August 2004 Government Resolution in the high court.
The high court had disposed of the petition in June 2008, directing the state to take a final decision within two months regarding the surplus staff in special schools. No action was taken for two years, the employees moved a contempt petition.
In the contempt proceedings, the state told the high court that they decided to retrench the surplus employees after recommendations of the panel.
The employees moved the high court again. The petitioners have said they have put in a long service in the special schools and in many cases, their families are solely relying on their income.
They have also relied on July 2008 recommendation of State Commissioner for Persons with Disability that the surplus staff be allowed to continue to work till their retirement or be absorbed in new special schools.