The stalemate over the transfer of teachers working in the government, aided and other educational institutions between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh continues.

A crucial meeting of the committee constituted by the two governments to resolve the issue ended inconclusively as the representatives of the two States could not reach an understanding on transfer of different categories of teachers. The meeting was attended by principal secretaries of State Reorganisation affairs K. Ramakrishna Rao of Telangana and L. Premchandra Reddy of AP and AP Special Chief Secretary (Education) Adityanath Das while Telangana Education Department additional secretary T. Vijay Kumar attended as representative of the State Education Department.

Stuck on technicalities

The meeting had been convened to examine the representations made for considering inter-State transfers on head to head basis without insisting on local status, transfers on humanitarian grounds without reference to mutual or spouse grounds, facilitate mutual transfers between different subjects, transfer of spouses working in aided institutions/colleges, transfers without insisting on transfers within the same management and transfer of teachers who are not local to both the States. Consensus, however, could not be reached owing to certain technicalities.

For instance, there are municipal schools in Andhra Pradesh, but no such schools are functioning in Telangana. While Telangana was insisting on subject specification for mutual transfers, AP wants the condition to be relaxed, thus resulting in stalemate.

“At a time when we have issued notification for recruitment of close to 10,000 teachers, relaxation of subject clause will have its impact on the recruitment process as there is likelihood of teachers in certain subjects becoming surplus,” a senior official said.

Court adjudication

Implementation of the unified service rules could have eased the situation to a large extent, but the issue is pending adjudication by the court. Transfer of teachers working in the aided institutions was another issue where the officials could not reach a decision as rules mandate that such transfers could be made between the aided schools only. Though there was in principle agreement on subject specific transfer of lecturers, a decision on the issue should be taken at the level of the Chief Ministers.

Relaxation of subject clause will have its impact on the recruitment process as there is likelihood of teachers in certain subjects becoming surplus

A senior official

Telangana Government

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