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In a major setback to the 10,323 teachers of Tripura facing the axe, the State Government has ruled out bringing any ordinance or validation Act to save the jobs of these teachers.

Pushing their future into complete darkness, the decision means services of these 10,323 teachers of all categories will be discontinued after December 31, 2017 as per the verdict of the Supreme Court.

However, they will be appointed on ad-hoc basis for a period of six months as ruled by a division bench of Supreme Court recently and they all will be provided the same pay and other facilities that they are receiving till date.

The matter of the fate of these 10,323 hapless teachers came up for discussion in Tuesday’s meeting of the council of ministers and the Cabinet was of the view that the Government will not bring any ordinance or validation Act to safeguard the jobs of these teachers. This was informed by State Information and Cultural Affairs Minister, Bhanu Lal Saha.

“Since the Court has already ruled that the appointment of these 10,323 teachers was unconstitutional, the Government can’t bring ordinance or validation Act to save their jobs. Even if it does it, the move will amount to contempt of court which is not desirable”, he told the media in Agartala.

Earlier, the All Tripura 10,323 Teachers Association, representing the prospectively sacked teachers, has appealed to the Manik Sarkar Government for continuation of their services after December 31, 2017.

They were hopeful that the State Government will take adequate steps along with legal steps to save their jobs and continuation of their services after June 30, 2018.

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