‘Review bill to regularise teachers’: Delhi LG Baijal, CM Kejriwal in fresh spat
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‘Review bill to regularise teachers’: Delhi LG Baijal, CM Kejriwal in fresh spat

The Delhi government intends to introduce a bill for regularising the jobs of guest teachers in a special assembly session on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: Oct 04, 2017 17:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal,Delhi Cm,Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a function in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal urged chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to reconsider a bill for regularising the jobs of guest teachers that the Delhi government intends to introduce in a special assembly session on Wednesday.

The bill cleared by the cabinet in September seeks to regularise at least 15,000 teachers hired on contract.

But Baijal wrote to Kejriwal on Tuesday that introduction of the bill was “not in accordance with the constitutional scheme of governance of NCT of Delhi”.

The lieutenant governor’s stand could trigger another round of jurisdictional bickering between the national capital’s elected government and Raj Niwas. Before Baijal took over last December, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) government and then lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung had frequent run-ins over administrative issues.

Kejriwal’s AAP stands firm on its position that the Centre, to whom the lieutenant governor reports, should divest more powers to the city’s government.

Baijal’s letter set the stage for a stormy assembly session that will meet for a day to pass the bill for guest teachers and discuss issues such as the intended hike in Delhi Metro rail fares.

Baijal reasoned that teacher recruitment is under the services department, which reports directly to the lieutenant governor.

Read more: For Delhi’s sake: 5 key areas for CM Kejriwal and L-G Baijal to work together

Citing the Delhi government’s transaction of business rules, he indicated that the government might not have consulted the law department, a mandatory procedure.

Baijal referred to a Delhi high court order, which ruled last year that the government “cannot claim any executive power in relation to matters with respect to services”.

The Delhi government insisted that the hiring is within the education department’s jurisdiction.

“It comes under education. Whether the bill will be introduced tomorrow or not is to be decided by the legislators,” said Nagender Sharma, the chief minister’s media adviser.

According to the AAP government, a fresh recruitment drive is not required as these guest teachers are trained and experienced.

Baijal and the AAP government had a major confrontation this September when he wrote to the Union home secretary for dissolving the privileges committees of the Delhi assembly.

First Published: Oct 04, 2017 00:01 IST