Contractual teachers of 2014 demand continuation of their services

Temporary teachers of 2014 addressing a press conference at Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Temporary teachers of 2014 addressing a press conference at Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 31: The Contractual Teachers who were appointed on academic arrangement in 2014, have demanded continuation of their services and also permanent absorption against the vacancies announced by Governor Satya Pal Malik.
While addressing a press conference, here today under the banner of J&K Temporary Teachers Association, they alleged discrimination with Jammu and claimed that the teachers engaged on the same pattern in Kashmir last year, were allowed to continue in March 2019.
“We were appointed in 2014 as Contractual Teachers on academic arrangement under Cabinet decision number 106/08/2014, dated 11-06-2014 and order number 482 education of 2014, dated 02-07-2014,” said Sapna Gupta, president of the Association and claimed that they were selected at village level purely on merit basis and maximum of these teachers were Post Graduate with B Ed and M Ed.
However, she added, the Government disengaged us in 2015 and since that time, we are struggling for the continuation of our services because maximum of these teachers are now overaged and have no chance to apply in Government jobs.
“On the other hand, Gover-nment engaged 1590 teachers on the same pattern in Kashmir division in 2018 and continued their services in March 2019,” Sapna Gupta said alleged that the continuation of Kashmir teachers was an open discrimination with Jammuites, who have been fighting for justice since 2015.
Claiming that the Governor had assured them in February 2019 for continuation of their services, the Association vice-president Vicky Saini demanded that these teachers should be absorbed against the vacancies announced by the Government.
“The Governor said that the Government has created 50,000 vacancies in J&K. Please absorb us on these posts and give continuation to our services. We will do our best to do our job,” he appealed.