Agartala: To accommodate the remaining teachers of 10,323 whose job was terminated in March this year by Supreme Court, Tripura government has decided to formulate a common recruitment rules (RR) for filling up over 12,000 vacant posts of Group C and D in various departments in phase manner.
The government spokesperson education minister, Ratan Lal Nath said that the council of ministers in a meeting recently decided to provide job opportunities as per the direction of Supreme Court on August 5. The court vetted the decision of the state government to provide age relaxation to the terminated teachers till March 2023 for getting recruited in teaching, Group-C and D non-technical posts.
He stated as many as 1,280 posts of LDC and 9,268 posts of multipurpose workers have been identified and some more posts of supervisor, panchayat secretary, agri-assistant and fisheries assistant were left vacant for long times, which would be filled up in phase manner targeting to recruit at least 2,000 job annually on fixed pay basis.
Nath however, indicated that the government has intention of accommodate the terminated teachers in those posts and first effort would be made to fill up the posts directly through government but if in the process it finds that significant number of the targeted people do not get through “the recruitment process will be stopped and option of outsourcing will explore.”
He pointed out that the apex court has mandated the state not to give any preferential treatment or offer any benefit to those terminated teachers in the recruitment process except for age relaxation and added, “We had gone to Supreme Court with a clean hand and explained our intention to give them jobs within the legal framework. Had SC allowed us, all those terminated teachers could be posted to the identified vacant posts.”
The decision of the cabinet has not made the victim teachers happy and they said, “We have been demanding an assured job, as they had committed before the assembly elections. But now we were pushed into a challenging situation to compete with seven lakh employment youths and freshers, which would not serve the purpose.”
They argued that the state government has to clarify the options for the unsuccessful terminated teachers in the recruitment process. The only age relaxation for two years would not solve the problems of the terminated teachers, as getting selected by competing with freshers and youngsters would not be easy for the victim.