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Srinagar, July 17: Teachers of school education department deputed for preparation of Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) have termed the assignment as violation of the Supreme Court ruling.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, a delegation of teachers alleged that, by assigning them such tasks, the authorities were showing scant regard for the apex court.
According to reports, the Supreme Court, on December 06, 2007, ruled that government school teachers can’t be asked to skip classes and undertake non-academic activities like election duties, census work or polio drop campaigns.
"A bench of Justice S B Sinha and Justice H S Bedi, however, said that the services of government teachers can be utilized for such purposes during school holidays and non-teaching hours," reports said, adding that, "It upheld the contention that utilization of government school teachers for non-academic purposes like election duties resulted in disruption of studies of students who mainly come from poor and middle class families."
The delegation has appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Teachers’ Forum to take up the issue with chief electoral officer and other authorities and come out with clear cut instructions.