The state must meet the PF of the para teachers


Supreme Court upheld Kolkata High Court’s judgment saying that the arrears of state para teachers should be settled. The state scheme director of the state government’s Sarva Shiksha Mission filed a case in the Supreme Court against the High Court order.

Today, the Supreme Court bench of Justice KS Joseph and Justice Hrishikesh Roy rejected his plea. As a result, the state will have to pay all the outstanding provident fund of the assistant teachers from September 1997 to September 2015.

KM Shamim Akhtar, a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Association, said, “The Provident Fund has been launched since October 2015. Till then the arrears must be settled. Those who have retired will also have to clear their outstanding dues.”

The Kolkata High Court directed the EPF Commissioner to take steps to recover the dues of provident funds to the assistant teachers. But as the state government did not take any action, the para teachers approached the High Court again. After this, the High Court ruled that the provident fund and other dues should be settled.

The State Scheme Director of the State Sarva Shiksha Mission approached the Supreme Court against the High Court’s judgment. But as the Supreme Court dismissed it, about 54 thousand side teachers will benefit. Shamim Akhtar said, “The state government went to the Supreme Court and returned with a slap on the cheek.

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