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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

JBT teachers to get master’s grade

17 yrs on, will get benefits from date of getting higher qualification Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 11 Nearly 17 years after Haryana JBT teachers claimed master's grade on the basis of acquiring higher qualification more than two decades ago, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has accepted their prayer. They will not only get master's grade after the order, but monetary benefits as well from the date of acquiring higher qualification. The petition is just one of the 2 lakh cases pending in the high court. Attribute it to the shortage of Judges or filing of frivolous petitions, the fact remains that justice comes, but often after decades. The high court, as of now, has a shortage of 21 Judges. It has 47 Judges compared to the sanctioned strength of 68. The judgement by Justice K Kannan came on a petition filed in 1996 by Prem Chand and other petitioners against the State of Haryana and another respondent. In their petition, Prem Chand and others had raised the issue of granting master's grade to candidates appointed JBT teachers, who acquired higher qualification before March 9, 1990, the date when fresh instructions were issued by the Haryana Government. As the matter came up for resumed hearing before Justice Kannan, the State of Haryana relied on a Punjab and Haryana High Court Division Bench ruling. Pronounced in January, 1994, a similar claim by the petitioners was rejected by the Bench. But Justice Kannan observed that the point raised in the writ petition was squarely covered by the Supreme Court decision in the case of Wazir Singh versus the State of Haryana, which was subsequently followed by another Division Bench of the high court. “In view of the law laid down by the Supreme Court rendered subsequently and followed by yet another Division Bench of this court, there is no room for fresh consideration to deny the petitioners' claim. The writ petition is allowed. The petitioners will be entitled to the claim to the master's grade from the respective dates when they acquired a higher qualification. The monetary benefits shall be calculated and released to them within a period of 12 weeks with interest at 6 per cent per annum,” Justice Kannan concluded. Source: The Tribune