J&K government formally winds up ReT scheme after 18 years

J&K government formally winds up ReT scheme after 18 years
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File photo of ReTs protest in Srinagar

Srinagar: The government on Friday issued a formal order winding up 18-year-old Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) scheme under which government would recruit teachers.

The scheme was started in April 2000.

The decision comes two days after the State Administrative Council (SAC) gave a nod to winding up the scheme.

An order issued by Secretary School Education, Ajeet Kumar Sahu on Friday directed a “Formal closure of the ReT scheme and the ReT recruitment/engagement process…”

The order said that the advertisements issued or panels constituted for engagement of ReTs “where no engagement orders have been issued shall and shall always be deemed to have been cancelled as ab-initio”.

The order directed that “No fresh advertisement for recruitment/engagement under the ReT scheme shall henceforth be issued”.

“However, the existing ReTs already appointed under the scheme or on ReT pattern shall continue to be governed under the erstwhile scheme till their regularisation or otherwise,” it added.

The scheme would allow recruitment of teachers on a consolidated monthly salary for first five years. Later, they were entitled to get regularized.

The government, however, messed the scheme by linking it with government of India sponsored Sarva Shiksha Scheme (SSA). Teachers engaged under SSA were also brought the purview of ReT and regularized without having vacancies.

The huge financial burden to the state exchequer resulted in delaying the benefits of 7th pay commission to ReT until September 26 this year.