WHY RTE INSTRUCTORS ARE PAID EVEN LESS THAN PEON? : ALLAHABAD HC ASKS UP GOVERNMENT

The UP Government was asked by the Allahabad High Court to file a reply affidavit in a plea challenging that primary school teachers who were appointed under the Right to Education Act, were being paid less than Class IV posts, i.e., peon, etc.

The Bench of Justice Pankaj Bhatia has asked the concerned authorities to reply in the matter within three weeks. It was ordered that in the meantime, the teachers should be paid the honorarium as per the guidelines of the Central Government. The decision was taken by the High Court during the hearing of a plea by the petitioners against the non-renewal of their contracts to continue their positions.

The Court, through the plea, came to know the fact that the teachers’ were paid an honorarium of Rs. 7,000/- per month and therefore, it concluded by this fact that the amount paid to the qualified teachers for their services was the violation of Article 23 of the Constitution of India, “Right against Exploitation”.

It was further argued that Rs. 7,000/- does not even match the “minimum standard” mentioned for the labourers and therefore, providing the well-qualified teachers with the amount was the “Exploitation by the State”. Reference was taken from the Judgement given by the High Court in “Anurag and Anr. v. Union of India and Ors. (2018)”, in which it was held that the guidelines as given by the Centre for payment of as Rs, 17,00/- should be a “guiding factor”.

Reported By : Komal Sabhnani

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