Govt to regularise 250 music teachers


Around 250 music teachers serving in aided and government schools, under a Directorate of Art and Culture scheme formulated in 2002, would be regularised in their service, over a three years period, according to a Cabinet decision Wednesday.
Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that of the total 250 teachers, 125 would be regularised during the present academic year while another 68 would be regularised during academic year 2013-14. 
“The senior teachers would be given first priority for regularisation provided they have necessary educational qualifications,” Parrikar said.
Government has granted age relaxation for regularisation. 
The Directorate of Art and Culture, which is planning to come up with modified scheme for music teachers, had intended to regularise the teachers, currently appointed on contract basis, before introducing the new scheme. 
Meanwhile, the government Wednesday also decided to transfer total 268 PETS (Pre-Employment Trainees) employees to regular posts. Parrikar said that all the posts are been sent to concerned departments.  
In yet another decision, the Cabinet gave its nod to double the Home Guard strength from existing 750 to 1500.  [H]