HC asks for affidavit on Lepcha teachers appointment in Darjeeling

Kolkata, 21 April, 2015: The Calcutta High Court today directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit on the steps regarding appointment of Lepcha teachers in Darjeeling district and asked it why it was having frequent conflicts with GTA.

Lepcha parateachers of 46 schools in hunger strike in Kalimpong - Tussle between GTA and West Bengal government - darpan pic
Lepcha parateachers of 46 schools in hunger
strike in Kalimpong – darpan pic

After hearing of the matter, Justice Tapabrata Chakroborti asked the state government to submit why it was having frequent confrontations with the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) over various issues.

The court asked the state to file an affidavit within three weeks and fixed the matter for hearing after five weeks.

Last June, the state issued a notification and asked the Darjeeling district magistrate to start the selection process of appointing Lepcha parateachers in 46 schools.

Subsequently GTA spokesperson Roshan Giri told the district magistrate not to proceed with the notification as according to the GTA Act 2011, appointment of teachers in Darjeeling district remained within its ambit.

However, the process continued and in August 2014 the appointment process was completed.
Subsequently GTA counsel Ayanabho Raha filed a case in the high court and sought an interim stay which the court refused to grant. PTI

Via : DC

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