Delhi assembly passes bill to regularise 15000 guest teachers

Danny Woods
October 6, 2017

The session also witnessed many one liners from Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "They (bureaucrats) will follow our orders", he said.

"Apart from the training programmes that we have invested in, guest teachers have, over the years, acquired skills and competencies essential to working in government schools and if we lose their services the benefit of their experience will also be lost", Sisodia added.

The comment of Kejriwal was received with loud cheers and table thumping by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers at the day-long special assembly session which had been called to discuss various issues, including a bill to regularise the jobs of almost 15,000 guest teachers in Delhi now working on contract basis.

Baijal had objected to the bill, saying that matters relating to "services" fall beyond the legislative competence of the Delhi Assembly and that the proposed legislation was not in accordance with the constitutional scheme.

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The Bill was passed during the one-day special session of the Delhi Assembly, convened by the Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday.

The AAP chief's combative speech, something he is known for, comes after a long gap when he remained unusually quiet, even on social media, refraining from attacking the opposition or Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country is run on democracy, not bureaucracy.

"The foundation of the Bill is flawed". We are Delhi's masters.

Reacting to Gupta's objection, Kejriwal told him: "Tell me in all earnestness, do you support (the regularisation of guest teachers) or not?" Drawing a parallel, he said he had also got the approval of the cabinet and gone ahead with the Bill. In a joint conference, BJP state president Manoj Tiwari and Arvinder Singh Lovely said yesterday the use of unparliamentarily language by the Chief Minister in the Legislative Assembly should be fully condemned. He said he was "happy that the Opposition didn't oppose the motion".

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