DINESH CHOUHAN Vs. STATE OF ASSAM
HIGH COURT OF GAUHATI
STATE OF ASSAM
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Ajit Singh, C.J. -
(1.) This intra court appeal is directed against the order dated 8.12.2014 passed by the learned Single Judge of this High Court whereby he has allowed WP(C) No.6725/2013 of Respondent No.5.
(2.) Respondent No.5 is a B.Sc.(Agri) degree holder. He also has B.Ed. degree to his credit. Following a resolution of the Managing Committee of Cherapathar Hindi High School, Karbi Anglong, Respondent No.5 was appointed as Assistant Teacher (Science) in that School on 21.12.1990. Thereafter, Respondent No.5 joined the School on 7.1.1991. The Inspector of Schools, Karbi Anglong District Circle, also approved the appointment of Respondent No.5 as Assistant Teacher (Science). In the same School, appellant too was appointed as Assistant Teacher (Science) whereafter he joined on 1.12.2003 i.e. much after the joining of Respondent No.5. The Government of Assam took steps for provincialisation of venture educational institutions including Cherapathar Hindi High School. As per requirement, the Headmaster of the School i.e. Respondent No.4 submitted particulars of the teaching and non-teaching staff to the authorities of the Education Department. And while forwarding the list of teaching and non-teaching staff, the Headmaster erroneously showed the name of Respondent No.5 under the category of Assistant Teacher (BA/B.Com). The Headmaster however in the column earmarked for educational qualification, mentioned the qualification of Respondent No.5 as B.Sc.(Agri), B.Ed. The Director of Secondary Education, Assam allotted total 8 posts in the School which included 2 posts for graduate teachers (Science). He also provincialised the services of appellant as Assistant Teacher (Science) and mentioned the name of Respondent No.5 as Assistant Teacher with a remark 'excess'. Respondent No.5 shocked with the decision of Director of Secondary Education to provincialise the services of appellant as Assistant Teacher (Science) and treating him as 'excess' made a representation dated 25.9.2013 for correction of mistake but the same fell into deaf ears. Aggrieved, he then filed writ petition, which the learned Single Judge has allowed by the impugned order.
(3.) The learned Single Judge has held that Respondent No.5 was appointed as Assistant Teacher (Science) whereafter he joined on 7.1.1991. The learned Single Judge also took note of the fact that the qualification B.Sc (Agri), B Ed of Respondent No.5 was duly approved by the Inspector of Schools on 10.10.1991 whereas the appellant was appointed much later on 1.12.2003. According to the learned Single Judge since Respondent No.5 was much senior to the appellant he could not have been treated as 'excess' and his services alone ought to have been provincialised. On these findings, the learned Single Judge quashed the provincialisation of the appellant and directed the authorities of the Education Department to provincialise the services of Respondent No.5.;
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