Delhi House passes guest teachers bill

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Lashing out at lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal for "opposing" a Bill to regularise guest teachers in the city, Kejriwal on Wednesday said, "I am an elected chief minister, not a terrorist".

The Opposition BJP had walked out of the House in protest against alleged "use of unparliamentary language by Kejriwal during the session". The leader of the opposi tion, Vijender Gupta, had observed that the bill had procedural flaws and the government should work on it for a week but Kejriwal, chiding Gupta, prodded him to lead them to the LG to help the cause of 15,000 guests teachers.

"Apart from the training programmes that we have invested in, guest teachers have, over the years, acquired skills and competencies essential to working in government schools and if we lose their services the benefit of their experience will also be lost", Sisodia added.

The bill cleared by the Delhi Cabinet last month seeks to regularise about 15,000 guest teachers, hired on contracts. Intervening in the debate on the Bill, Mr Kejriwal said with the passage of this bill and if approved by LG Anil Baijal, the Guest Teachers in Delhi will get "respect" and "security of job" and they will provide services with more determination'.

The AAP government is scheduled to table the bill in the House during the one-day special session on Wednesday. The country is run on democracy, not bureaucracy.

He observed: "The foundation of the bill is flawed.One has to go by the rule of law, not rhetoric".

Gupta hit back saying Kejriwal may be a good politician, but not a "capable administrator". On the issue of procedure, Sisodia recalled the way demonetisation was executed via a cabinet decision. We are Delhi's masters. "We're learning from the Prime Minister", he said. "Recruitments and appointments of teachers can not be treated separately", he said. He said he was "happy that the Opposition didn't oppose the motion".

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