The Tamil Nadu government has by its Order (G.O.) No.71 dated March 18, 2010 of the School Education Department regularised the services of 201 grade-1 vocational teachers who were left out in the G.O. no.69 dated March 20, 2007, which regularised the services of 1,049 grade-2 vocational teachers and fixed them in the grade-1 scale.
According to the latest G.O. (No.71), the 1,049 grade-2 vocational teachers who were getting pay on a par with secondary grade teachers were regularised as vocational teachers in grade-1 pay scale through G.O. no.69 dated March 20, 2007, on the basis of the orders issued by the Madras High Court on July 8, 2004 in writ petitions 9780/95 and 14027/96.
But the monetary benefits accruing to the 1,049 vocational teachers as a result of the G.O. no.69 was made inapplicable to the 201 vocational teachers who were put in grade-1 scale from June 10, 2002. Out of the 201 teachers, 10 who approached the court to file contempt proceedings against the government were regularised and placed in grade-1 scale and enabled to get the monetary benefits from July 8, 2004 and also notional annual increment in order to avoid the contempt proceedings. The latest G.O. not only ratified the government's decision to place the 10 teachers in grade-1 scale and grant notional increment to them but also enabled the regularisation of the services of the remaining 191 vocational teachers in grade-1 scale, so that they get the monetary benefits with effect from July 8, 2004, the date of the High Court orders.
The G.O. no.71 also directed the Director of School Education to recover the excess amount, which the 201 vocational teachers were getting during the period from June 10, 2002 to July 7, 2004.
S.N. Janardhanan, State general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Vocational Teachers Kazhagam, has in a statement thanked Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu for having issued orders regularising the services of the 201 vocational teachers and re-fixing them in grade-1 scale, in response to the repeated representations made by the association to the government in the last three years.