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Najeeb Jung causing delay in regularisation of govt teachers jobs, says AAP; LG office denies

Manish-Sisodia

New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of “delaying” Delhi government’s proposal to give priority to regularise the jobs of 17,000 guest teachers working in government schools, a charge refuted by the LG’s office.

Sisodia, who also holds education portfolio, claimed that the proposal is pending with the LG office since January but the Lt Governor is yet to give his nod.

However, sources in the LG office said the government had sent the proposal to the LG office on April 28 and it has been sent to the Additional Solicitor General for legal advice after consultation with the Deputy CM.

The Deputy CM has written to Jung requesting him to give approval to government’s proposal so that 17,000 guest teachers can be ensured permanent jobs for them.

He has also written to the Opposition leader in Delhi Assembly, Vijendra Gupta, to take up the issue with the Centre and request it to ask the LG to give his nod to the proposal.

Sources in the LG office said “there is no delay on the part of the LG. We received the proposal from Delhi government on April 28. There is a need to discuss legal and constitutional provisions on the proposal, following which it has been sent to the Additional Solicitor General for legal advice.”

“Once we get legal advice, we will proceed accordingly,” they said, adding the charge that the file was pending with the LG’s office since January is “totally baseless”.

The proposal is a part of AAP government’s decision to make the jobs of all contractual employees, who are working with its different departments, permanent.

“I want to ask why the Lt Governor is not giving his nod to this proposal. I have personally requested him several times to do the same but still it is pending with his office.

“LG had made some suggestions which we have incorporated in our proposal. He had objected to give weightage to guest teachers’ experience. If we remove this weightage point, how will these guest teachers get opportunity in getting their jobs permanent?” Sisodia told reporters here.

As per proposal, guest teachers will be given priority while applying for permanent jobs. They will be given priority on the basis of their experience, exams and age.

Since AAP has come to power, the Arvind Kejriwal government and the LG have been at loggerheads on a range of issues, including transfer and postings of officers and formation of Commission of Inquiry.

Two days ago, Jung had sought a file pertaining to app-based Premium Bus Scheme to be rolled out from June 1 even as the transport department of government had notified it earlier.

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