SSA Teachers allege delay in regularization by DSEK
Srinagar: In a bizarre move, the school education department has created a regional divide among SSA teachers by setting different yard sticks for the regularisation in the department as Grade II teachers.
The SSA teachers in Jammu division have been given their regularisation orders months ago without seeking any additional formalities while as the teachers in Kashmir division have been made to run from pillar to post to get their services regularized.
The directorate of school education Jammu (DSEJ) has issued the regularisation orders to all the SSA teachers for their adjustment as Grade II teachers while as SSA teachers in Kashmir were asked to get their verification from CID afresh, evoking resentment from the teachers.
“We have been working in department since a decade now. Our verification was done at the time of recruitment and later a new verification was done after we completed five years of services in the department,” said Muhammad Ashiq, a teacher from Kupwara.
He said the State Administrative Council (SAC) while approving adjustment of SSA teachers at Grade II post in state budget didn’t keep any such criteria for issuance of regularization order.
In the SAC order it was decided that the SSA teachers having graduation as their qualification will be adjusted in state budget as grade II teachers. Following their regularisation, their salary will be detached from the MHRD funding.
“The director in Jammu division has issued the orders without creating any hurdles for SSA teachers but the Directorate in Kashmir has created unnecessary hurdles in our regularisation. We fail to understand why two yard sticks have been applied for the same teachers. We are victimised for being Kashmiris,” he said.
A top official in education department said the regularisation of around 100 SSA teachers in Kashmir was halted due to the adverse report given by the CID department.
“The adverse report has been in their favour by CID citing that their relatives were involved in some cases. But this is ironical; government can’t punish our teachers like this. Why should they be punished for fault of others? They have been serving in the department for decades now,” the official said.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis Malik while downplaying the move said the department has completed the regularisation of all graduate teachers while as the regularisation of those teachers who enhanced their qualification to post graduation during service, is under process.
“We want to do it in a fool proof way so that they won’t face any inconveniences in future,” DSEK said.