The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has sought the response of the Centre on a plea by 41 nursery teachers engaged on contractual basis for ‘early child education centres’ being run as part of the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry’s ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.’
The CAT bench of its members Dharam Paul Sharma and Veena Chhotray issued notices to the State Project Director of Universal Elementary Education (UEE) Mission, which runs the education centres and comes under the HRD ministry, and the director of education, Delhi seeking their replies by September 5.
The order of the bench came on the plea by 41 nursery teachers seeking hike in their current salary of Rs 5,000 per month on the ground their pay has not been revised since 2008 whereas their contracts have been renewed periodically.
The bench also directed the respondents not to pass any adverse orders against these 41 teachers.
“Issue notice to the respondents (State Project Director, UEE Mission and Director of Education). Let the matter be listed for our consideration on September 5, 2012.
“In the meanwhile, no order adverse to the applicants (teachers) will be passed by the respondents,” the CAT said.
The applicants have alleged other employees engaged on contractual basis under the same project in different categories like assistant teachers, are receiving higher remuneration as well as a hike in their pay periodically.
They also contended in their plea that as per the HRD ministry’s policy of ‘equal pay for equal work’, they are entitled to higher remuneration and periodical hike in their wages. They said their monthly remuneration of Rs 5,000 is below the minimum prescribed wages.
The teachers, in their plea moved through advocate Ashok Aggarwal, feared their contracts would not be renewed by the authorities as they have agitated on this issue.