The Punjab Government today decided in principle to set up a separate directorate for ETT teachers of Zila Parishads working under the direct control and supervision of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats on the pattern of the School Education department. A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with an ETT Union Punjab delegation led by its president, Jaswinder Singh Sidhu.
A government spokesperson said that the new directorate was being established to ensure smooth functioning of schools run by Zila Parishads and exercise better administrative control over them to impart quality education to rural students. It was also decided at the meeting to transfer the ETT teachers working under Zila Parishads against vacant posts in the School Education Department.
The Zila Parishads will now fill up the posts that fall vacant in schools under its control, resultant on the transfer of ETT teachers in the School Education Department. Conceding another demand of the ETT teachers, the Chief Minister asked the Financial Commissioner for Rural Development and Panchayats to immediately initiate the process to reinstate the 45 teachers who had been suspended by the Department during their agitation.
It was also decided at the meeting to implement all the rules and regulations relating to the seniority and promotions as applicable to teachers governed by the School Education Department. The ETT teachers who were being paid salaries through grants-in-aid would now be getting salaries directly from the salary head of the Directorate of Rural Development & Panchayats.
Likewise, the contributory provident fund would also be governed by the new pension scheme of the state government.