Chandigarh: Appointment of teachers in Haryana will no longer be made on contractual basis, a minister said Tuesday."Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday ordered that the appointment of teachers would be made on regular basis and not on contractual basis in the state," Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said here.

She said that the chief minister had given approval for the amendment in the Haryana Education Rules in this regard and this would be notified soon. She said that about 15,000 teachers would soon be appointed by the government to provide quality education to students in the state.

Now they all would be appointed on regular basis, she added.As per the notification earlier issued in this regard, "the posts in the Department of Secondary Education shall be filled on contract basis initially for one year which may be extendable on year-to-year basis."The contractual teachers were given fixed emoluments and no additional benefits.

Bhukkal said that the government had also approved deletion the clause in the notification of Haryana Education Rules under which women teachers were barred from joining duty if they were more than 12 weeks pregnant.

 "Now onwards, there would be no such bar for pregnant women for joining service as teachers," she said. As per earlier provisions, the selected woman candidate had to submit a certificate of her fitness from a civil surgeon. In case she was pregnant beyond 12 weeks she used to stand temporarily unfit till the confinement period was over. However, as per latest decision of the government, the pregnant women can also join like other candidates.