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Defray retirement benefits to teachers, staff in 6 mths: HC

Published : Friday, 23 February, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 100

The High Court on Thursday directed the government to provide retirement benefits within six months to over 5 lakh teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme.

In a verdict, the HC bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Kazi Zinat Haque came up with the directive after final hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

In its order, the HC bench said, the teachers have to count years to get retirement benefits. They have to face to suffer harassment for getting their benefit.

It is true that the salary of a primary school teacher is not so high but they cannot escape harassment to get their retirement benefit, which is very much unfortunate. Their pension must be paid within six months of their retirement as the teachers should not go door to door for years to get this pension, the HC bench observed.

Advocate Mohammad Siddique Ullah Mia said in the Non-government Teachers and Employees Welfare Trust Regulations, 1999 and Non-government Teachers and Employees Retirement Benefits Rules, 2005, there was a provision to deduct 2 per cent  of the basic salary of teachers and 4 per cent of the employees.

On the contrary, some financial benefits were provided to the teachers and staff from the funds of the teachers trust.

But on April 19, 2017, two notifications were issued amending the provisions of deducting 2 and 4 per cent of the basic salary of teachers and employees and was made 4 and 6 per cent  respectively, he added.

He said about 500,000 teachers and employees of private educational institutions contacted the authorities at different times to cancel the order, as their financial benefits were not increased against the additional deduction.

But when the authorities did not take any proper steps in this regard, they held various programmes including forming human chains at different times.

On April 15, 2019, the teachers and employees filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the notification issued by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education.

On December 8, High Court issued a four-week rule asking the defendants to explain why the notification issued by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education should not be declared illegal. After final hearing on the rule, the HC bench on Thursday delivered the verdict, the lawyer added.

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