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HC ask Delhi govt to regularise Kashmiri migrant teachers

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New Delhi, May 23: The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi government and three municipal bodies to regularise all Kashmiri migrant teachers, who have been working in municipal and government schools on contract for over two decades.

A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma said the Kashmiri migrant teachers were entitled to all the benefits being given to the other regular teachers.

It also said that those Kashmiri teachers, who have retired, should also be given pensionary benefits and kin of those who have died should also get the benefits.

Several Kashmiri teachers, who were present in the court, broke down as the judgement was pronounced. The verdict brought smiles on the faces of the teachers present in the court and as a token of gratitude, they brought two shawls for the two judges and came forward to present it to them.

However, both the judges, Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma, refused to take it saying they value the expressions of the teachers but they just performed their duty.

“We really value you expression of gratitude but we have just done our job that was required to be done. We cannot accept it,” Justice Sharma said.

The teachers had also brought sweets and distributed it among themselves, lawyers and court staff after the bench rose.

Anxiously waiting for the bench to assemble post lunch, the Kashmiri teachers stood at a corner of the court room.

The moment the bench pronounced the verdict, directing the Delhi government and the three MCDs and NDMC to regularise the Kashmiri teachers from the date of their first appointment, it brought smiles on the faces of the teachers.

Unable to control their emotions, several of them broke down and hugged each other in the court room and thanked the judges.

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