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HC rejects plea for DVAC probe into alleged irregularities in teachers’ transfers

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday rejected the plea for an inquiry by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption into the alleged irregularities in transfer of government schoolteachers during the counselling held last year. The court, however, laid down elaborate guidelines to be followed by the school education department on transfer of teachers.

Disposing of a public interest litigation petition filed in the Madurai Bench of the High Court, a Division Bench of Justices K.K. Sasidharan and P.D. Audikesavalu issued a set of 21 guidelines which included that annual transfers due to vacancies, promotions and upgrading of schools must be done only on the basis of general counselling.

The School Education department should issue a government order for conduct of general counselling sufficiently in advance and at lease by May 15 every year and the authority concerned should publish the list of vacancies as on June 1 on the website of the school education department. The entire vacancies should be disclosed in clear terms.

Further, general counselling should be held only from the comprehensive list published by the department and the Secretary must ensure the authenticity of the list of vacancies. There should be a gap of minimum 10 working days between the date of publication of vacancies and the actual date of counselling, the judges ordered.

The authorities must also publish the approved panel for promotion at all levels before the commencement of the counselling process and the numbers should be assigned to applications received from teachers for general transfer in accordance with the prescribed norms such as station seniority, priority, category and so on and the details should be published on the website.

The resultant vacancies consequent to the transfer should also be uploaded immediately so as to enable other applicants to select the desired school. In order to fill up vacancies due to voluntary retirement, death, resignation, promotion and upgradation of schools, there should be two counselling sessions, preferably in August and September, after the general counselling in June.

In any case, at least one general transfer counselling should be conducted after upgradation of schools and effecting promotions and the clause permitting administrative transfer should not be invoked for making transfers to fill up the vacancies consequent to upgradation of school or promotions, the judges said.

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