Srinagar has lowest number of ReT teachers in JK

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Out of 52, 155 Rehber-e-Taleem (ReT teachers recruited in various districts of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar has got the lowest number with the appointment of merely 703 ReT teachers.

Despite an alarming paucity of the teachers in Srinagar, the government even finds it hard to engage ReTs in the City. The data reveals that Srinagar is at lowest in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir to which the ReT teachers have been appointed while as in Jammu, there are 2862 number of such teachers engaged since past several years.

The date available reveals that the highest number of ReTs have been engaged in north Kashmir’s Baramulla. The number in the district is 4847.

Though there have been earlier reports suggesting the political interference in the appointment of the ReT teachers in the state, the civil society has been always up in arms- suggesting for equal share in terms of the quality education in the state.

The date reveals that in Kuthua there are 2551 ReTs appointed while as in Udhampur the number is 3085. In Reasi, there are 2482 ReT teachers recruited in the past years while as in district Doda, there are 3204 ReTs. In Ramban the number of such teachers is 1916 while as in Kishtwar district there are 2029 ReT teachers. In Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, there are 3478 ReTs whileas in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district there are 3626 ReTs as on date engaged.

In Kupwara, the number is 4844 whileas in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district the number is 3087. In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, there are 2896 ReTs working at present and in Ganderbal which served as the constituency of former chef minister Omar Abdullah, the number of ReTs engaged is 1593. In South Kashmir’s Pulwama area, there are 1538 ReTs as per the latest government records whileas in Shopian district there are 1166 ReTs teaching at various schools. In Kulgam the number is 2113.

After five years of the initial service, the ReT teachers became permanent employees with the government. In the recent past, High Court has dismissed a petition challenging the government order giving benefit of five years service rendered by ReT teachers.

In a petition, the general line teachers had challenged the policy decision of  state cabinet of 19 July 2014, and a subsequent government order that five years service rendered by Rehbar-E-Taleem teachers before regularization shall count for the purpose of fixing their seniority and counting such service, notionally, for pensioner and other retirement benefits, wherever applicable.

“The plea that as an ReT is not member of the Service in terms of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules 1956, Jammu and Kashmir Educational ( Subordinate Service Recruitment) Rules, 1979 and Rule 5 of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and recruitment to Non-Gazetted Cadres) Rules 1969, on the date benefit is conferred under impugned Government Order, cannot have his seniority counted from the day of initial engagement is equally devoid of substance,” a bench of Justice Hasnaian Massodi ruled while dismissing petition against the cabinet decision.

“The benefit of previous service in terms of Government Order No. 469-Edu of 2014 dated 25-06-2014 is only available on regularization. It needs no emphasis that an ReT on regularization becomes member of the service and benefit available under the impugned order becomes available to him only when he becomes member of the service,” the bench added.

 

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