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IMO EXCLUSIVE: Hamdard Public School teachers on a war path, seek recourse to RTI over non-payment of salary under 6th Central Pay Commission

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By Danish Ahmad Khan

New Delhi: The teachers at Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, who have been representing for payment of salary and allowances as per the accepted recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, which apply to the recognised Private Schools in Delhi in light of Section 10 of Delhi Schools Act 1973, have recently adopted the RTI route to authenticate the veracity of their demand. Forty (40) teachers, presently employed at Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, submitted their application individually to the Dy. Director Education (South Delhi) to clarify whether their demand was correct or not.

While the complete list of 40 aggrieved teachers could not be obtained, reliable sources have confirmed the names of following teachers who among others sent the RTI query:-

1. Ms Neelam
2. Ms Gulsaman
3. Ms Abida Siddiqui
4. Ms Nooris Seraj
5. Ms Nandita Chowdhury
6. Mr Mohammad Saquib
7. Ms Pooja Kapoor
8. Ms Razia Imdadi
9. Ms Rumi
10. Ms Rubina
11. Ms Sumbul Hafeez
12. Ms Jaya Deb
13. Ms Manisha
14. Ms Ranjita Ray
15. Ms Shaheen Khan
16. Mr Sameer Khan
17. Ms Shail Kumari
18. Ms Shafia Tariq
19. Mr Sujoy Das
20. Ms Shaista Azmi
21. Ms Sadaf Musharaf

The query they have raised is whether the accepted recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission for payment of salary and allowances apply to Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, and if so then from what date. The reply to the RTI query is an unambiguous YES, and that the date of giving effect to the 6th Central Pay Commission is 01.01.2006.


The RTI reply also brings out the fact that Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, is a recognized Private Unaided School, and that no complaints regarding non-payment of 6th Central Pay Commission salary from schools in this category have so far been received from any teacher. The Education Department is apparently not aware of the position at Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, as the teachers have also not yet complained to the Education Department that Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, is not meeting its obligation to pay the salary and allowances as per the accepted recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, and have only been representing to the management of Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, and Hamdard Education Society, both individually and collectively, the first representation having been made as early as 27.07.2009.

The RTI route was thought as the first alternative course of action in view of total silence on part of the management of Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, and Hamdard Education Society, despite reminders and representation to the President of Hamdard Education Society.

Now that the RTI reply has confirmed that their demand is genuine, the teachers have said that they would now be taking up their demands even more strongly, and also complain to the Department of Education as to why it is not taking any action to make Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, fall in line with other recognized private unaided schools in Delhi and pay the salary and allowances to the teachers as per the recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission.

Incidentally, the reply to the RTI query also shows that the Department of Education has made no inspection of Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, during the years 2006 to 2011. However, one inspection has been done during the year 2012, but the report of the inspection when asked for has not been supplied and only a remark by an officer other than the one who made the inspection has been forwarded. The remark says “Inspection report is not available in this office”. The aggrieved teachers said that when asked for the remarks of the officer who made the inspection it should have been duly forwarded along with the RTI query.

One of the teachers while talking to this Correspondent said that until the report is made available, it will be difficult to ascertain whether the Education Department is playing its role in ensuring that Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, is meeting its obligations in the matters of salary and allowances of teachers.

"If the Education Department is not doing its duty and instead shielding the management of Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, then this will affect the morale of aggrieved teachers and have a strong bearing on their performance. This will also gravely ruin the future of the students here. In a situation like this and the apathy of school management the teachers will completely lose interest in performing their duties sincerely and in shaping the future of the students," the teacher said.

Efforts to obtain comments from Hamdard Public School, Talimabad, and Hamdard Education Society, and the Education Department, have so far failed to elicit any kind of response whatsoever.

[Danish Ahmad Khan, a Delhi-based Journalist, is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at danishkhan@indianmuslimobserver.com]
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