69000 Shiksha Mitras’ Recruitment: SC Reserves Judgment On UP Assistant Teachers Recruitment Issue

first_imgTop Stories69000 Shiksha Mitras’ Recruitment: SC Reserves Judgment On UP Assistant Teachers Recruitment Issue Sanya Talwar24 July 2020 6:17 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in a case related to the recruitment of 69000 assistant teachers in the State of Uttar Pradesh.A bench led by Justice UU Lalit reserved its judgment after hearing Counsel for Petitioner(s) in a batch of pleas, the lead matter being one filed by the Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shiksha Mitra Association challenging the Allahabad High Court’s…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in a case related to the recruitment of 69000 assistant teachers in the State of Uttar Pradesh.A bench led by Justice UU Lalit reserved its judgment after hearing Counsel for Petitioner(s) in a batch of pleas, the lead matter being one filed by the Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shiksha Mitra Association challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order in a case related to the recruitment of 69000 assistant teachers.The basis of the plea rests on the issue of cut-off marks for recruitment which were raised by the UP Government and contested by the Uttar Pradesh Shiksha Mitra Association.The Court heard Counsel on a number of issues including the issue of whether the qualified teachers who score more than 45/40 should be given appointment.In this backdrop, the UP Government had increased the cut-off marks to 65/60 in the 2019 examination, leaving 32,629 Shiksha Mitra candidates out.The Allahabad High Court had confirmed the state government’s decision of keeping higher cut-off marks for the recruitment of 69,000 teachers in primary schools of the state. On June 3, the Allahabad High Court had stayed appointment of 69,000 assistant basic teachers in Uttar Pradesh, days after the Supreme Court sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s reply on pleas challenging the High Court verdict, which had upheld the state’s decision to keep higher cut-off marks for these appointments.In its May 6 verdict, the High Court had directed the state government to complete within the next three months the process for appointment of 69,000 assistant basic teachers in Uttar Pradesh.The Supreme Court had on May 21 asked the state government to explain the process adopted for the appointments through a chart.A bench of Justices U.U. Lalit, M.M. Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran had initially declined to interfere with the High Court verdict. But it later modified its order and issued notice to the state government, posting the matter for further hearing on July 6.It asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain why it changed the earlier criteria of 45 per cent cut-off marks for the general category and 40 per cent for the reserved category. On June 9, Top Court had directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to keep 37,339 posts of Assistant Teachers (Shiksha Mitras) vacant, thereby staying the ongoing selection process of teachers in the state.It was after passing of the said order that the petitions were listed for July 14. However, confusions ensued as State Government had begun recruitment processes for filling up the remaining posts which had not been filled up via examination.The Court observed that it was prima facie borne from the records that the State Government of UP was proceeding with the selection to fill up all posts, despite the May 21 order, wherein the Top Court had passed interim orders directing that, “All Shiksha Mitras who are presently holding their posts as Assistant Teachers shall not be disturbed”.Next Storylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Work to Build Vibrant Agriculture Industry, Rural Communities in PA during Visit to Ag Progress Days

first_img August 16, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Pennsylvania Furnace, PA – During a visit to Penn State University’s Ag Progress Days, Governor Tom Wolf today called Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry one of its most important economic and environmental resources, and he stressed the need to continue supporting the industry for its long-term success.“As a former agricultural extension worker during my time in the Peace Corps, I know firsthand how agriculture can play a role in building vibrant communities, a vibrant economy, and the power of food to change lives,” said Governor Wolf during his remarks to 600 business leaders and policymakers from all levels of government. “And in talking to and working with many of you, I know that you share those beliefs. That is why my administration has invested so heavily in agriculture.“Despite unprecedented fiscal challenges, we’ve increased funding to the department and to the industry. We’re working across agencies and sectors to bring renewed focus to the workforce challenges that plague the industry and to revitalize agricultural education so more students are prepared for careers in the food and fiber industries. And we’re making sure farmers are recognized for their inherent culture of stewardship as we work to improve water quality across the state, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”Last year, Governor Wolf proposed the largest-ever level of operational funding for the Department of Agriculture. Since 2015, the administration has increased operational support by more than $5.8 million — a 23 percent increase. The Wolf administration has also committed another $2 million for avian influenza planning and response; increased funding for farmland preservation by more than $12.5 million — a 45 percent increase — compared to 2014-15; and done more to connect producers to the commonwealth’s charitable food system through $1 million in new funding in each of the past three years.Working with the General Assembly, the administration increased funding to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and Cooperative Extension by more than $6 million over the past three years as part of a bipartisan effort to help restore a portion of the 19 percent cut the college endured in 2011.During his remarks, the Governor also called on the General Assembly to complete its work on the 2017-18 state budget.“I want to see the commonwealth continue to invest in this college, this university and this industry,” he added, “But to do that, we need a responsible budget that is balanced with sustainable revenues. Without a balanced budget, the investments that we need to make in this industry are in jeopardy, and the organizations that support our industries, places like Penn State, are in danger of losing funding. I am not willing to let that happen. I’m not willing to put our most valuable resources and industries in jeopardy.”Governor Wolf also outlined current work to support the industry—now and into the future—through the development of a 10-year strategic plan. The plan will be designed to put the state’s agriculture industry—including everything from production farming and food manufacturing to the state’s equine, hardwoods, landscaping and nursery industries—in the best possible competitive position regionally, nationally and globally over the next decade.“As Secretary Redding has often said, these are extraordinary times in agriculture,” Governor Wolf concluded. “While there are certainly challenges, I believe there are far greater opportunities, and I want Pennsylvania to be a place where those in agriculture can stay in agriculture and where those who want to enter the industry feel welcome. I want Pennsylvania to be a place where everyone — regardless of background or zip code — has a chance to succeed. A place where government isn’t standing in the way because it lacks the resources to be supportive or because it puts up unnecessary roadblocks to responsible development. That is my pledge to you.” Governor Wolf Touts Work to Build Vibrant Agriculture Industry, Rural Communities in PA during Visit to Ag Progress Dayscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more