52 teachers file case against State authorities
DIMAPUR, JULY 5: Fifty-two teachers serving in various Government schools across Nagaland have filed a case against State Government authorities for alleged violation of their rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India and the “right of equal pay for equal work”.
In their writ petition before the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court, the teachers stated that the State Cabinet on June 19, 2014, approved to upgrade 262 posts of graduate teachers and primary teachers to the level of post-graduate teachers.
The decision then received ex-post facto clearance of P&AR Department and the concurrence of Finance Department; and the latter fixed the grade pay of Rs 4,600 in the upgraded post.
“It is the case of the petitioners that the upgraded teachers of the 2014 batch are allowed to enjoy a grade pay of Rs 4,600; however, the petitioners, who are 2020 batch, have only been paid grade pay of Rs 4,400 instead of Rs 4,600.
“The petitioners have approached the concerned authority for up-gradation of the pay from Rs 4,400 to Rs 4,600 but with no result. It is the case of the petitioners that depriving the grade pay of Rs 4,600 to the petitioners as paid to 2014 batch is in violation of the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India and the ‘right of equal pay for equal work'”, it stated.
In an order issued on Tuesday, Justice Kakheto Sema directed to issue notice to the State respondents, returnable within four weeks.
(Page News Service)