Nearly 3.7 lakh employed teachers in Bihar have not got relief from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has refused to order appointed teachers to pay the salary equal to regular teachers.
The petition of the Bihar government has been approved and the order of the Patna High Court has been cancelled. In fact, on October 31, 2017, the Patna High Court had ordered in favour of employed teachers while hearing and said that the employed teachers should be given equal pay with regular teachers. On behalf of the state government, a special permission petition was filed in the Supreme Court against this decision. The Bihar government had argued that this order will have an economic burden of about Rs 9,500 crore.
The Bihar government said that there are about four lakh employed teachers in the state. In such a situation, if the decision comes in favour of the teachers, then their salary will be around 35 to 40 thousand. It was said in the affidavit of the government that employed teachers cannot get equal pay for similar work. In a report submitted earlier in the court, the government has said that it can give only a 20 percent salary increase to employed teachers of the state.
The central government has justified the argument of the Bihar government and has said that if the teachers were told about the matter, then the demand would also be raised in the states. Significantly, 70 percent of the salary of employed teachers is to be given to the central government only.