Teachers move Delhi High Court as East Delhi Municipal Corporation delayed five months’ salary

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New Delhi: A batch of teachers moved the Delhi High Court regarding their pending salaries for the past five months. The petitioners have urged the high court to direct the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to clear the dues of teachers from December 2021 to April 2022.

The five petitioners, who are the teachers of EDMC schools, claimed nearly 5,000 primary teachers working in as many as 365 primary schools run by respondent EDMC. These teachers have not been paid their salaries since December 2021, owing to which, the families of the teachers are facing serious issues. 

They are unable to pay their children’s school fees, EMIs, run their kitchen, etc. The petitioners submitted that the primary schools being run by respondent EDMC are governed by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. 

It submitted that in terms of Section 7 of the RTE Act, 2009, it is the joint responsibility of the central government as well as the state government to provide funds for carrying out the provisions of the Act.

The petitioner blamed the authorities for the improper management of funds saying the latter has created an artificial financial crunch and using it as an excuse to delay the payments. 

In the plea, the petitioners explained that, through their Association, they have made several representations to respondent EDMC for payment of their due salaries but all went in vain.

The petition further submitted that in case of respondent EDMC is unable to pay salaries to its hardworking primary teachers, the best alternative would be to hand over all primary schools run by respondent EDMC to the respondent Government of NCT of Delhi for running the same.

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It is also submitted that in case these schools are transferred to the respondent Government of NCT of Delhi, it would not only ensure regular payment of salaries to its employees (Teachers) but also there would be a remarkable improvement in the standard of education. Nearly 1 lakh students are presently studying in 365 EDMC Primary schools. 

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:May 5, 2022, 10:02 p.m.

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