The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) did not say in the Delhi High Court on Thursday why the recruitment process of 12,165 teachers is not being initiated even after the request of the Delhi government. In spite of the order not filing the reply, the High Court lashed out at the DSSSB.

DSSSB fined Rs.5000 for not filing a reply

Justice Najmi Waziri, taking it seriously, fined the DSSSB Rs 5,000. Also directed to pay the fine to lawyer Ashok Aggarwal presented by the petitioner organization. Earlier, the DSSSB told the High Court that it had prepared an answer in the matter and it would be filed soon.

The High Court last week asked the Chairman of the DSSSB to explain why the DSSSB has not started the recruitment process so far, despite the government’s insistence. The High Court gave this order on a petition stating that the government was not issuing advertisement for the recruitment of 12,165 teachers even after the government sent the request letter. Of these, letters of request for filling 11,139 posts were sent to the Board in March 2020, while requests for the remaining posts were sent in January, 2021. It was also asked to tell by when the advertisements for recruitment will be released.

The petition demands the DSSSB to immediately issue advertisements for the reinstatement of teachers. Advocate Ashok Aggarwal, on behalf of the NGO Social Jurist, has said in the petition that the Delhi government requested the DSSSB to fill the vacant posts (total 12,165 posts) of 926 teachers on March 18 last year, on March 18 and January 21, 2021. Was sent. However, the board is not taking any appropriate steps to start the recruitment process. 

Why the principal’s posts are not being filled, the government pulled 

The High Court also slammed the Delhi government for not responding to the issue of not filling the vacant posts of the principal in government schools. The High Court asked the government why it was delayed. Earlier, the government demanded to give time to file an answer on this issue. On the last hearing, the High Court had said that 77 percent of the principal posts in government schools are vacant and this is a matter of grave concern. The court asked the government to explain what steps it was taking to fill the principal’s posts. This order was given when Advocate Aggarwal said that out of the total sanctioned 745 of the principal, only 215 principals are still in school. He said that a large number of these have been employed in other works rather than principal.

Not following orders even after 20 years

Advocate Aggarwal has said in his petition that in the year 2001 the High Court had directed to fill the vacant posts of teachers in government and municipal schools. He has told the court that according to the 20-year-old decision, the number of vacancies in government and municipal schools should be zero every year in April. According to the petition, currently 35 thousand teachers in government schools and five thousand posts in municipal schools are vacant.

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