Ranchi: In a bid to boost basic education in the state, the Jharkhand government is mulling to regularize the services of para-teachers. A proposal in that regard has been included in the proposed Para Teacher Service Circular. Presently, the government renews their contract on a yearly basis.

In a step forward, Human Resource Development Minister Baidyanath Ram and both the unions of para-teachers agreed on the proposed circular in a meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting was also attended by Land Revenue Minister Mathura Mahato, legislators Umakant Rajak, Kamal Kishore and Jagarnath Mahato.

The proposed circular will be presented before the state Cabinet for approval. As per the circular, the tenure of services of para-teachers will be extended up to 60 years. But it has not been made clear in the circular whether the teachers will remain to give their contribution after completion of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan or not.

Commenting on the issue, Ram said, “The Centre pays emoluments to the para-teachers under the SSA. After expiry of the SSA, state government would consider to regularize their services.”

Other major proposals in the circular:

1 Maternity Leave of 180 days to women para-teachers

2 Training facility for untrained para-teachers

3 Casual Leave of 16 days and Special Leave of 2 days for para-teachers