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High Court directs Nagaland Govt. to clear Teachers’ pay arrears

Gauhati High Corut Kohima Bench

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 17: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has given 8 weeks to the State’s School Education Department to verify and assess the amount due to 23 Teachers as enhanced pay arrears and disburse the same within 4 months thereafter.
Justice Nelson Sailo delivered the order on February 16 while hearing a batch of petitions filed by the Teachers.
“It is the case of the petitioners that they were all appointed either as a Graduate Teachers or Primary Teachers between the years 2010 to 2014. The State Government in the School Education Department came up with an Office Memorandum dated January 27, 2015 issued under Memo No. ED/EL/WKA-5/10-11(Pt) wherein, the pay of the Primary Teachers has been enhanced from Rs 6,700 to Rs 20,080 and the pay of Graduate Teachers has been enhanced from Rs 8,400 to Rs 27,400 with immediate effect.
“Although the petitioners were entitled to receive the enhanced pay with immediate effect, they have been given the enhanced pay only subsequently by various orders. In other words, the amount due to the petitioners varies from case to case. The learned Counsel for the petitioners submits that as of today, the petitioners are getting their enhanced pay but the arrears have not been cleared till date”, stated the order.
In response, the State Counsel submitted that the State respondents have not disputed the fact that there are arrears pending to be paid to the petitioners, but the amount due varies from person to person.
He therefore requested that the respondents may be granted liberty to make appropriate verification and calculation of the amount due to each of the petitioners. He further submitted that in the case of 2 petitioners, they were ad hoc Graduate Teachers belonging to the State cadre.
“Since the Office Memorandum dated January 27, 2015 only covers the case of SSA Teachers, liberty may be granted to the respondents to send them back to their original cadre. He further submits that whatsoever amount due to them while working along with all other SSA Teachers, the same shall be cleared by the State respondents”, it stated.
Accordingly, the Judge disposed of the petitions with said directives.
In the case of the two ad hoc Graduate Teachers, he stated that they should not be deprived of the enhanced pay for the period they had put into service.
(Page News Service)