HC dismisses ruling on pry teachers’ timescale

Staff Correspondent

1 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The High Court (HC) on Sunday dismissed a ruling on a writ petition challenging a decision of the Finance Ministry to take back timescale facilities given to 48,720 government primary school teachers.

A HC bench comprising Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Khairul Alam passed the order after dismissing a ruling in this regard.

The bench, however, asked the petitioners to appeal against the ministry circular to the administrative tribunal.

Barrister Mokshedul Islam, lawyer of the petitioners, said the High Court dismissed the ruling issued against the Finance Ministry’s circular to return the time scale of 48,720 teachers of nationalised primary schools across the country.

Earlier, the Appellate Division on January 13 directed that the ruling regarding the time scale of primary teachers should be disposed within three weeks.

According to the writ, on August 12, 2020, the Ministry of Finance issued a circular to take back the ‘time scale’ benefits availed by 48,720 teachers of primary schools which were nationalised.

The aggrieved teachers filed the writ petition at the High Court on August 31 last year challenging the validity of the circular.

The High Court after hearing the writ petition suspended the circular for six months and also issued a ruling over the matter. The state later appealed against the High Court order to the Appellate Division.

On September 13, the Appellate Division Chamber Court passed a stay order in this regard.

Later, the teachers pleaded to the Appellate Division seeking revocation of the stay order. The Appellate Division on January 13 asked the HC to dispose of the writ case within three weeks.

Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy appeared for the state while Barrister Mokshedul Islam appeared for the petitioners during the hearing.