HC seeks replies to teachers’ plea from pvt school, Delhi Govt

NEW DELHI, Aug 19:
The city Government has been asked by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea seeking direction to a private school to implement the recommendations of Fifth and Sixth Pay Panels on allowances and other benefits.Issuing notices to the Delhi Government’s Director of Education and Virmani Public School, Roop Nagar, Justice Suresh Kait sought their replies by September 12 on the plea of teachers which alleged that the school has failed to pay them the allowances as per the recommendations of the two pay commissions.In a petition, filed through counsel Ashok Aggarwal, the teachers contended that the school management has failed to implement the two pay panels’ recommendations fully.The teachers said that though their pay was re-fixed in the pay scale as recommended by the Fifth Pay Commission with effect from January 1,1996 and the Sixth Pay Commission with effect from January 1, 2006, they were not paid other allowances like house rent allowance, travelling allowance, dearness allowances, grade pay etc as due and payable to them as per the recommendations. The teachers sought direction to the Directorate of Education to take action against the school and also issue an order to the school to pay them the arrears of the benefits and allowances as per the recommendations of the two pay panels.
The teachers claimed “each one of them would be entitled to approximately Rs 14 to 15 lakh as arrears of salary till date from the school.”
They further claimed to have been making oral and written representations to the school management regarding their grievances but till date nothing has been done.
“The petitioners are legally entitled to the pay and allowances not less than what are paid to their counterparts in Delhi Government schools, in terms of the Section 10 of the Delhi School Education Act, 1973,” their plea said. (PTI)

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