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Unions’ suggestions to be discussed with Chief Minister

Government to prepare proposals on promotions and discuss them with union leaders

To consider unions’ demand to appoint a senior IAS officer to deal with critical issues

HYDERABAD: The talks between Joint Action Committee of Teachers’ Organisations (JACTO) and School Education Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha to avert the strike called by the former from October 22 to press for their demands ended on an inconclusive note here on Monday.

Emerging out of nearly three-hour discussions with the JACTO leaders, the Education Minister said that main issues of unified service rules, abolition of apprenticeship system and grant of two notional increments and counting the two year apprenticeship period for pension dominated the discussions.

The suggestions of the unions would be discussed with the Chief Minister and the meeting with the unions would continue on Tuesday.

Alternative promotions

The Minister would go to New Delhi soon to seek opinion of legal experts and take it to Home Department through Law Department. The Government would also consider the demand of unions to appoint a senior IAS officer to deal with the critical issue which required the permission of President of India and meanwhile consider giving alternative promotions and transfers to teachers without compromising on the spirit of the unified service rules.

The Minister also said that the Government would prepare proposals on promotions and discuss them with union leaders and also seek opinion of Law Department, Advocate General.