‘Ghost’ teachers get 15 days to rejoin duties

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The government has declared a 15-day general amnesty for hundreds of ‘ghost’ teachers on the run after being pinpointed by the provincial department, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq told the Sindh Assembly session on Friday
Haq said the Sindh government has decided to give around 353 teachers, also employees of non-governmental organisations or insurance companies, a one-time offer to report back at their duties and action against them will be dropped.
The decision was taken under a general policy in view of a severe shortage of teachers in the province, he added.
The teachers would also be given an opportunity to make contributions in other organisations under legal provisions of the Civil Servants Rules. “Even if they go to the media, their contributions should be non-political,” the minister said.
In a separate statement, Haq warned that the courts were “interfering” in the government affairs by staying some recruitments made in his department by the previous regime.
He said that he wanted to bring it on record that the court’s stay order would adversely impact the existing employees in terms of promotions. “We are compelled to comply with the court order or face contempt charges, so don’t you protest against us” he informed the potential victims.
Meanwhile, the PPP legislators discussed the law and order situation in Sindh despite the opposition of their coalition partners from MQM who deemed it futile to talk on the issue in the absence of the chief minister, home minister and the law secretary.
The deputy speaker allowed Humera Alwani, Bachal Shah, Shamim Ara Panhwar and Mujadid Isran to speak on the important issue.
Urging the need for legislative and administrative reforms ranging from de-weaponisation of Karachi to hardening legal punishments, the lawmakers said that stern action should be taken against criminals regardless of their party association.
“It is the government’s responsibility to protect the lives and properties of masses. To arrest all responsible irrespective of their affiliation with the PPP, MQM or any other party,” demanded Bachal Shah.
Alwani proposed the establishment of separate police stations and empowerment of female police SHOs to lodge an FIR for containing violence against women.
Terming the separation of judiciary and executive as a bone of contention, Isran said the inter-institutional disputes were hindering the performance of the police department.
Later, MQM’s Khwaja Izharul Hassan, on a point of order, congratulated the president, the prime minister and the Seraikis for the passage of a resolution with an overwhelming majority in the lower house.
An MQM lawmaker demanded that the local government minister devise a water distribution formula to curb the prevailing acute water scarcity in the city.
Earlier, Sajeela Leghari called for the repair of all bunds that were party damaged by last year’s rain and floods, especially in Taluka Juhi.
The Question Hour on the day’s agenda was suspended when the law minister requested that the chief minister, who heads the Mines and Minerals portfolio, was not present to respond to supplementary questions.