SSA teachers/ReTs to be regularised, 28,363 posts being created

SSA teachers/ReTs to be regularised, 28,363 posts being created
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JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday approved the Action Pan recommended by the Committee constituted to look into issues of all school teachers, including those funded by the central government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
A press release said that over the years, the School Education department had been facing difficulties due to multiple cadres of teachers, requirement of additional funds to meet out salary of both SSA and RMSA teachers. To address such issues, the state government constituted a Committee vide an order issued 13.08.2018.
The Committee submitted its recommendations in the form of an Action Plan, which the SAC has approved. It includes creation of a separate cadre of teachers who will get pay scale of Rs 29,200-92,300 (L-5) according to 7th Pay Commission from 1.09.2018 in the School Education Department. These posts shall be filled up 100% by selection out of regularised Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers (ReTs) with the qualification, “Graduate from any recognised University.” This cadre of teachers is created exclusively for the purpose of adjusting ReTs and will gradually get extinguished/abolished over a period of time.
The Action Plan envisages formal merger of 526 posts of Headmasters and 3,132 posts of Subject Specific Masters created under RMSA with Headmasters and Masters in the School Education Department. It also envisages conversion/up-gradation of existing 4,522 direct-quota vacant non-teaching posts in different categories as Teachers, creation of 28,363 supernumerary posts of Teachers with the stipulation that these supernumerary posts shall subsist till completion of appointment/transition of eligible ReTs as regular teachers.
The School Education Department has been authorised as a one-time exception to fill certain vacant posts of lecturers by promotion of eligible PG Teachers/Masters in the relevant disciplines, to enable resultant vacancies for appointment/transition of ReTs as Teachers.
The School Education Department has also been granted one-time exemption for making regularisation/confirmation/promotion of officers (backlog and fresh) in respect of each gazetted category without referring the cases to the JKPSC/DPC.
The 4,522 posts of non-teaching staff shall be restored to their original position as and when they become available after adjusting/subsuming all the supernumerary posts.
The School Education Department will encourage such ReTs as do not possess the requisite qualification to acquire the same within a specific timeframe so as to up-scale them as regular teachers.
Further, all vacancies of lecturers/teachers referred to PSC/ SSB where advertisement notices have not been issued or selection process has not been initiated or written test has not been conducted as on 07.12.2018, shall stand withdrawn. This shall, however, not apply to the posts for which selection lists have been published or where document verification is in process.
The SAC directed that a Committee of Officers under the Administrative Secretary, School Education Department, with Director, School Education Kashmir/Jammu, representatives of General Administration and Finance Department not below the rank of Additional Secretary to Government or equivalent level will oversee the entire process of appointment / transition of ReTs as Teachers.
The Action Plan also envisages creation of a Human Resource Management (HRM) Branch in the School Education Department, Civil Secretariat, to deal with Human Resource Management (HRM).
The Committee of Officers constituted vide Government Order No.1263-GAD of 2018 dated 13.08.2018 will also examine the cases of 7,706 under-graduate teachers who do not possess the qualification as ‘Graduate’ for their appointment/ transition as regular teachers. The Committee will submit its report to the government within a period of one month.
The decision will enable streamlining the cadre of ReTs by transitioning them in the regular cadre of teachers and meeting the salary deficit of SSA and RMSA teachers, which is over Rs 1,400 crore per annum, out of the state budget. Thus all teachers will henceforth get regular monthly salary on time consequent to the assimilation of various cadres of teachers into one regular teaching cadre.