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Equal work, equal pay

The editorial “Corporal punishment” (August 5) rightly says that the stick is not the way to deal with agitating teachers. There is no uniform policy for the recruitment of teachers. There is a number of categories of teachers working under different services conditions funded by the state and Central governments. The agitating teachers’ demand for merging the zila parishad cadre with the education department is justified as with the same hours of job, the teachers are paid different salaries, apart from different terms, causing frustration among the lesser-paid ones. The employees have no alternative but to express their resentment through agitation when there is no response from the authorities concerned. At the same time, the teachers forget that ultimately, the issues have to be settled across the table.

Our policy makers failed to foresee the consequences while forming the recruitment policy for teachers. It would be better if a root-level study is made with detailed modalities for the creation of cadres to avoid any controversy at a later stage.


Education policy

The malevolent disposition of the Punjab police towards protesting teachers calls for deep thinking. The situation calls for a review of the education policy. Maladies in schools such as the absence of teachers, lackadaisical supervision, non-existent creative work culture and poor learning outcomes dissuade even poort parents from admitting their children in government schools.

The government cannot absolve itself from its obligation to provide quality education in schools managed by it. Steps should be taken to enrich the teaching-learning dynamics, fruitful supervision and quality education. Teachers should also understand their responsibilities.

Efforts should be made to assist them in delivering activity-based lessons through in-service programmes. This is possible only when the teachers are treated with patience and grace in times of peace as well as during agitations. Else, the government and society should prepare themselves for a further deterioration in the standard of education.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula

1 pay panel for all

There should be one pay commission for the whole country. We have one Constitution which enshrines the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’. When this Article was framed, all workers were kept in mind and not just those of a particular area. Therefore, there should be one pay commission and its recommendations should be mandatory for all states, semi-government organisations, local bodies, corporations, employers in the private sector and even for those who employ workers for a day or two.

There should be arrangement of collecting contributions for pension, gratuity, GPF, CPF etc. so that no worker suffers on his retirement. All workers must get medical treatment free of cost and funds must be established for running this system. There should not be discrimination in the pay structures.

Dalip Singh Wasan, Patiala

Why so many cases?

A lot has been said about the long list of pending cases in the courts. The Constitution, judges, advocates, litigants (plaintiffs and respondents) and bureaucrats are the five pillars of the judicial system. The plaintiff is supposed to convey his grievance with true evidence to the truthful advocate engaged. It is the duty of the advocates and judges to find the relevant law to prepare the plaint and to honestly decide the case.

The bureaucrats, if vigilant, honest, responsible, impartial and abiding by the orders of courts, may reduce the number of the cases registered with the courts. Their willful disobedience to the orders of the court and wrong interpretation of law/rules, obviously to grind their own end, lead to an increase in the numbers of the cases registered and the consequent pendency.

Stringent action against fraudulent litigants, advocates, those giving false statements on behalf of parties, bureaucrats who are biased, irresponsible and greedy and judges who are partial, lethargic, biased and dependent on the advocates for giving their judgments would certainly reduce the pendency of the cases at different levels.

Awakened NGOs, a vigilant public and a sincere Press would certainly make good agencies to stop unnecessary litigation.

Subhash Bhatia, Panipat

Justice delayed

It is interesting to learn that a whooping 3.1 crore cases are pending in Indian courts and there is a clamour to increase the number of judges and the courts (“Justice without delay”, July 31). The reason for so many pending cases is not the shortage of judges or courts. It is due to the ineffectiveness of courts, corrupt policemen, powerful politicians and application of the law differently for VIPs, celebrities, politicians and bureaucrats vis-à-vis the general public.

For example, courts don't issue non-bailable warrants on some VIPs for years. The cases are not pursued till the evidence is diluted or effectively eliminated by the accused. To reduce the backlog, the courts should not delay proceedings on flimsy reasons, the police should be held accountable andthe guilty punished. Also, fast-track cases against VIPs and serious cases like rape and money scams. And, increase the court days in a year.

Jassie Chahal, via email

More judges needed

Judicial cases in our country are being decided after a pretty long time. The case of the fire tragedy in a school in Tamil Nadu that claimed the lives of 94 schoolchildren was decided after a decade in 2014. There are 3.1 crore cases pending in courts across the country. The proposal to increase the number of judges by 25 per cent is appreciable. The strength of judges in lower courts also needs to be revised as well. The strength should be reviewed every five years. The period of vacation of the courts should be reduced to the bare minimum. Resolution of disputes is essential.

GR Kalra, Panchkula

Test dates clash

Two papers are scheduled to be held on August 24 - the UPSC exam and the PSTET. Due to this clash of dates, many aspirants, specially those who attain the maximum age as prescribed by the commission, will lose their last chance. Since the UPSC has said that there is no possibility of postponing its exam, the date of the PSTET may be changed.

Nikhil Kumar, via email

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