Today, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal offered 02 years of gainful contractual employment to Education Guarantee Scheme/Alternative Innovative Education teachers in the Education department.
Taking part in advisement with the EGS/AIE Action committee, a body representing these temporary teachers here, the Chief Minister said the state government was committed to solving problems faced by all the employees and unemployed persons.
He said to provide economic assistance to the unemployed EGS/ AIE teachers, the state government would provide gainful employment to them for two years on contract basis in the Education department, an official release here quoting the Chief Minister said.
However, Badal made it clear that the employment would be given for a period of two years during which these unemployed EGS/AIE teachers would have to appear for the Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET) so as to get regular service in the Education department.
He said the formalities regarding fixing of salary of these teachers during this contractual service would be decided by a high-level committee comprising Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister S K Sandhu, Principal Secretary, Education, and Financial Commissioner, Rural Development, after consultations with the representatives of unemployed EGS/ AIE teachers.
On a demand of the teachers for exempting them from the TET test for providing regular employment in the Education department, Badal said the state government would take up this matter with the Centre soon.
He deputed Principal Secretary, Education, Anjali Bhanwra to hold the meeting with the Secretary of Education at the Centre to find a viable solution to safeguard the interests of these teachers.
The Chief Minister urged the EGS/AIE teachers, holding agitation demanding regularisation of their services, to call off their stir.
He said the state government was fully sympathetic towards them and every step would be taken to bail them out from the crisis.
“Rather than creating inconvenience to the public and even to themselves through such stirs, the EGS/AIE teachers should support the state government for solving their problems in accordance with the stipulated norms,” he said.