News : Gujarat HC stays termination of 257 vidyasahayaks in Gujarat :
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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court (HC) has stayed the termination of 257 vidyasahayaks who were recruited in 2008. The authorities sought to put an end to their services after the HC itself asked them to re-evaluate the sports certificate furnished by them.
Twenty-three vidyasahayaks including one Falguni Patel questioned the decision to terminate them by authorities on several grounds. The termination has been stayed by the court till November end, and by then the court has sought explanation from the state government, director of primary education, the Gujarat State Kabaddi Association and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India.
In this case, various candidates were appointed as vidyasahayak after their selections particularly on basis of sports certificate issued by the Gujarat State Kabaddi Association. Upon furnishing these certificates, these candidates got five additional marks and got advantage in the recruitment process. In 2012, a PIL questioned their recruitment on the ground that the certificates issued by the association was not valid as it was not a recognized body by the state government. The HC ordered concerned authorities like district panchayats and education department to take action in the case, in which such certificates were found illegal.
Upon these directions, some vidyasahayaks moved the HC in 2012 and submitted that the certificates carried weightage as the Kabaddi Association was affiliated with the Kabaddi Federation and the Gujarat State Olympic Association. It was not mentioned in the advertisement that the body that issued certificate should be a recognized one. They asserted that the sports certificates were genuine ones.
However, the HC asked the authorities on August 20 to act after hearing all candidates. Later, the authorities decided to terminate 257 candidates. Some of them have again moved the HC and argued that it was not proper to remove them from service by questioning their certificates after six years of their joining the service.
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