Review Committee to examine financial implications of ReTs engaged this year

Review Committee to examine financial implications of ReTs engaged this year
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IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: The School Education department has constituted a Review committee to examine the engagement of the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers since January this year and the financial implications thereof.
An order to this effect was issued by Secretary School Education, Ajeet Kumar Sahu on Friday.
Special Secretary School Education Department, Mohammad Hussain Mir has been nominated as the Convener of the Review Committee, while as Additional Secretary School Education Department, Javid Ahmad Shagoo and Under Secretary of the department, S Chand Singh have been named as the members.
Although the department has stopped engaging ReTs due to financial implications, it has engaged some on directions from the High Court.
The department is already facing a challenge over the fate of over 41,000 ReTs who have been regularised under the scheme since the inception of the scheme in 2000.
Under the scheme, a ReT is regularised as a general line teacher after serving first five years of his/her service on consolidation basis.
While thousands of ReTs were regularised under the scheme over the years, the state government could not create the required number of posts for them.
The state government announced the benefits of 7th pay commission in favour of the ReTs. It has also constituted a high level committee to look into delinking of salaries from the GoI funds. The committee is expected to submit the report by November.
The teachers, whose salaries are delayed by months, demand that being the state government employees, they should be paid from the state’s own budget.
The 7th pay commission benefits were announced in favour of the ReTs after months of protest by them, which had affected the academic work at hundreds of schools across the state where the teachers are posted.