R'sthan scraps must attendance order for Teachers' Day

R'sthan scraps must attendance order for Teachers' Day

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje during her 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' near Jalore on Friday. PTI

Facing pressure from all corners, the BJP-led government in Rajasthan has scrapped its order which said that teachers who do not attend Teachers' Day function will lose their one-day salary.

The order had also asked them not to wear black clothes, belts, shoes, t-shirts, and socks at Teacher's Day function, which will be addressed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur.

After drawing widespread criticism from the Opposition and the teaching fraternity, these restrictions were removed in a fresh order.

Director Secondary Education Department Nathmal Didel said, "The orders were issued by the District Education Officers (DEOs) in Bharatpur and Hanumangarh districts and action will be taken against them.”

As per Didel, a fresh order on teachers’ presence has been issued in which the salary deduction clause was removed. Moreover, he said that teachers facing disabilities or diseases or have any other emergency work can skip the function after taking permission from the administration.

As per the old order issued on August 31, the government teachers, who were appointed after December 13, 2013, were asked to attend the state-level Teachers' Day celebration in Jaipur on September 5. In case they were absent, they would suffer a loss of one-day salary, the order said

The Opposition Congress had slammed the order and claimed it was a desperate attempt by the BJP government to gather a crowd. The old order also received criticism by President of All Rajasthan School Teachers’ Union, Ramkrishna Agarwal who slated that clauses of salary deduction and of forbidding teachers from wearing black were akin to an "undeclared emergency".

The Raje government came into power on December 13, 2013. If the old order was not scrapped, out of 63,000 teachers appointed in the state under the BJP government around 50,000 teachers were expected to take part in the celebrations.