WB Govt to challenge HC order cancelling 36,000 teachers’ jobs


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that her government will challenge the Calcutta High Court order cancelling the jobs of around 36,000 primary teachers in state-sponsored and aided schools.
She also urged those teachers who lost their jobs and their family members not to be depressed, as her government is with them. The CM also alleged that those teachers lost their jobs because of the ongoing agitation of the state government employees demanding a hike in their DA and bringing it at par with the central government staff.
“We have been getting appeals from the families of these 36,000 (teachers) who lost their jobs. I feel very bad. We have decided to move the division bench,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat. The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the cancellation of the appointments of 36,000 primary teachers in state-sponsored and aided schools as the due procedure was not followed in the appointment process.
Earlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court granted permission to the West Bengal Board of Primary Education to file an appeal against an order that cancelled the appointment of around 36,000 primary teachers. The board’s lawyer,