Himachal govt nod to restore PTA teachers

In a major policy decision, the Himachal Pradesh government Wednesday approved a proposal to restore services of the all Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) appointed teachers, who were earlier sacked by the BJP government.

The Himachal cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, decided that a status-quo as on October 30, 2007 will be maintained in respect of the PTAs. "However, a committee is set up under the chairmanship of chief secretary to examine all relevant aspects, including legal issues, and submit recommendation within three months," an official release said.

The issue of PTA appointed teachers had remained a big point of clash between the Congress and the BJP in the hills state. The Congress had, in its manifesto, assured to restore their services holding that BJP government's decision was biased and politically motivated.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to constitute a sub-committee of three ministers - Kaul Singh Thakur, G S Bali and Mukesh Agnihotri - for framing guiding principles on policy for regulating transfer of state government employees.

Among other decisions, the cabinet also approved hiring of Mi-172 helicopter from Pawanhans Helicopters Ltd for five years with effect from January 1 on wet lease.

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