The Delhi government today decided to regularise Kashmiri migrant teachers employed in its schools on contractual basis since 1994. A decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting. "The decision was taken considering the fact that Kashmiri migrant teachers were appointed on contract basis in special circumstances of displacement from the valley due to political turmoil and have been working since last two decades, therefore a separate policy for their regularisation on specific terms and conditions was required," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said after the meeting. The Delhi Cabinet approved the Directorate of Education's (DoE) proposal for grant of several one-time relaxations in the recruitment rules for Kashmiri migrant teachers working on contract. "They will be granted relaxation in age besides relaxation in recruitment rules.
They will also be exempt from taking the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) which is mandatory for teachers' recruitment," Sisodia said. There are 170 Kashmiri migrant teachers employed in various Delhi government schools and the regularisation will cost Rs 13 crore to the exchequer annually. The government's decision comes following a 2015 order by the Delhi High Court which said that Kashmiri migrant teachers employed on contractual basis must be regularised.
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