The Madras High Court Bench here has directed the Madurai District Educational Officer (DEO) to consider sanctioning the third incentive increments to five teachers of Sourashtra Higher Secondary School here.
Justice S. Manikumar issued the direction based on the petitions filed by five teachers – K. Nagasubramanian, S. Bala Ayyappan, K. Sundararaja Pandian, P.M. Srinivasan and V.V. Sundaramoorthy.
In their petitions, the teachers claimed that they had completed M.Phil and were entitled to the third incentive increments.
They were working as B.T. assistants in the school, and were granted two increments for completion of postgraduate degree and M.Ed, the petitioners stated.
The DEO, without proper consideration, returned the proposals submitted by the correspondent of the school in 2010, seeking an increment to the petitioners, alleged C. Arul Vadivel alias Sekar, the counsel who appeared on behalf of the petitioners.
Mr. Sekar contended that the High Court had reiterated through its various orders passed from 1999 that teachers with M.Phil degrees were entitled to the third incentive increment.
The School Education Department also issued government orders (G.O.) on July 8, 2010 and March 28, 2013, allowing grant of incentive increment to teachers with M.Phil degrees.
But the Madurai DEO had consistently denied incentive increments to teachers with necessary qualification, he claimed.
S. Kumar, Additional Government Pleader, admitted that when a claim for the third incentive increment was made before the DEO, it was incumbent on his part to pass orders based on the G.O.s and court judgments.
Justice Manikumar, in his order, observed that “the DEO had failed to address the issue raised by the petitioners by not considering the substantiations to their claim for incentive increments”.
The judge directed the school correspondent to submit a fresh proposal to the DEO along with the service particulars of the petitioners within 10 days.
He instructed the official to consider the proposal in the light of the High Court judgments and the G.O.s within four weeks.
“Once an issue has been decided by the court and the government has passed orders, it is incumbent on the part of the authorities to apply the judgment to all similarly placed persons,” Justice Manikumar further noted in his order.