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SHIMLA: The High Court of Himachal Pradesh has directed the state government to grant the pay scale of the post of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) and also promotional avenues to the post of Lecturer (School Cadre) to the Trained Graduate Teacher (Sanskrit) and Trained Graduate Teacher (Hindi), respectively.
Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua passed this order on a number of petitions involving common questions of law and facts.The case of the petitioners is that they were serving as Language Teachers (LT) and Shastris.
All the petitioners are BEd qualified and have also passed Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). On August 20, 2022, the respondent-state issued a notification, changing the nomenclature of BEd qualified and TET passed Shastris (Sanskrit) and Language Teachers (Hindi) as Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT)-Sanskrit and TGT-Hindi, respectively.
The claim of the petitioners is that despite the change of nomenclature of the posts, they have not been granted pay scale of the post of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) and also the promotional avenue to the post of Lecturer (School Cadre).
The petitioners contended that not only the pay scale attached to the posts of TGTs is required to be given to them, but the same channel of promotions as is available to the TGTs is also required to be made available to them.After hearing the counsels for the parties at a length, the court found that the duties performed by TGTs (Sanskrit & Hindi) are akin to ones discharged by TGTs (medical, non-medical and arts).
But the TGTs belonging to medical, non-medical and arts streams enjoy higher pay scale.Allowing the petitions, the High Court has directed the respondents to grant the pay scale of the post of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) and promotional avenue to the post of Lecturer (School Cadre) to the petitioners who have been re-designated as TGT (Sanskrit) & TGT (Hindi), respectively, as is being given to TGT (Medical, Non-Medical and Arts) from the issuance of notification dated August 20, 2022 within seven weeks.