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MCD reluctant in regularising primary teachers
This article is about the plight of those contracted primary teachers of MCD who had been working for MCD schools for eight years but despite around 7000 vacancies still vacant in MCD schools, the MCD is reluctant in regularising them.

IT IS nothing short of an irony that despite 7,000 posts of primary teachers lying vacant in primary schools of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the politics between the Delhi government and the MCD is on the verge of ruining the lives of 4200 contracted teachers working for almost eight years in the primary schools of MCD.

These teachers whose contracts have lapsed on April 30 this year are running pillar to post from MCD administration to the Delhi Chief Minister, Shiela Dikshit, arguing for their regularisation.

The Teacher’s Association is blaming both MCD and the Delhi administration for their pathetic condition. Chairman of Youth Progressive Teachers Association (YPTA), KK Gandhi, blames the politics between the government and the MCD. He said without naming the mayor that the MCD administration was not sending the proposal of their regularisation to Delhi government because the MCD administration under BJP fears that if they argued for their case with Delhi government, the Congress would take all wrest all applause of their regularisation ahead of Delhi assembly elections.

These primary teachers were recruited on contract basis in 2001 through a thorough screening and on merit basis. We possess all required qualifications and have eight years of experience but still we are considered as used bullets,” says Dinesh, one of the young protesting teachers.

The primary teachers have almost crossed the age of 27 years and the Delhi government has reduced the age for teacher recruitment to 27 years from the earlier age of 42 years.

Now that the future of these teachers is hanging on the balance, the MCD and the Delhi government is busy calculating their political profit and loss.

KK Gandhi further added that they were tired of meeting authorities. “We have met Delhi CM three to four times, but we got nothing except assurances.” Gandhi said that the CM insisted that until the MCD sent the proposal, she could do nothing. Earlier on April 3, the Teacher’s Association had met Lieutenant Governor, Tajendra Khanna, who also assured them positive action.

If late chief minister, Sahib Singh, would have lived, we would have got regularised earlier, as he was ferociously forwarding our cause,” said Gandhi.

On Saturday, the Teacher’s Association has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister demanding urgent action in their favour. Leader of the opposition in MCD, Jai Kishan Sharma, accused the MCD administration of obstructing the regularisation process of teachers and the Congress would provide full assistance in their struggle.

When asked about the allegation levelled by contracted primary teachers that MCD administration is hindering the regularisation process, Mayor Arti Mehra quipped, “We have to follow the rules and regulations of the government and selection board, but trying our best to make steady progress in their case.

Currently, the blame game between the opposition and the ruling party in MCD is at its peak, but no one seems to care about the future of these contracted primary teachers who are the ultimate losers.

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