New Delhi, June 23 2021 || News Desk
Synopsis: With 25 per cent of Delhi’s total budget allocation of Rs 69,000 earmarked for education, the Arvind Government should not have faced any financial crunch regarding teachers’ salary. d construct 500 new schools, but instead, it has rendered the teachers jobless, on the plea that the Delhi Government was not getting Central Government funding, as these teachers were appointed based on a 60-40 salary funding formula by the Central Government and Delhi Government, respectively.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar expressed his shock and surprise that the Delhi Government has terminated the services of 1600 teachers, who have been teaching in Delhi Government schools for the past eight years. He added that when most Government schools in Delhi were short of teachers and principals, and the unemployment rate in the Capital has shot up to a record 45 per cent, the Arvind Government was terminating the services of teachers.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Aam Aadmi Party, in its election manifesto, had promised to regularize all ad hoc teachers, and construct 500 new schools, but instead, it has rendered the teachers jobless, on the plea that the Delhi Government was not getting Central Government funding, as these teachers were appointed on the basis of a 60-40 salary funding formula by the Central Government and Delhi Government, respectively.
Ch. Anil Kumar demanded that the Delhi Government immediately re-employ the terminated teachers, and regularize their services, as the unemployment rate in Delhi has broken all past records, and people are struggling to keep themselves alive.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that since there is a shortage of teachers in Delhi Government schools, these experienced teachers could have been absorbed by the Government, as it did not have any fund crunch. Ch. Anil Kumar said that like in the previous six budgets, the Delhi budget for the 2021-22 financial year had allocated 25 per cent of the total budget outlay of Rs 69,000 crore for education, i.e Rs 16,377 crore.
He said that since schools had been closed for the past one and a half years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and much of the budget allocation for education has remained unspent, fund crunch should not have been an issue with the Arvind Government. He said that under these circumstances, it was inhuman to terminate the services of 1600 teachers, whose teaching experience would have been greatly valued by any other State.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, has been mouthing platitudes about the “Delhi Model of Education”, asserting that Delhi Government schools will be made role models for others to emulate, but sadly, Delhi’s education “model” has turned out to be big “hoax”.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that both students and teachers have been let down by the Arvind Government, as the Government has not extended any help to students from the lower strata of society to pursue online education. And the services of teachers are being terminated, though the Delhi Government collects thousands of crores in taxes and GST, and money should not have been an issue in regularizing the services of these terminated teachers.
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