Mumbai: Observing that an employee’s happiness is a parameter of good administration, the Bombay HC’s Nagpur bench recently upheld the Maharashtra govt’s policy for transferring Zilla Parishad (ZP) teachers. The HC asked the govt to implement the policy in letter and spirit.
A division bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Shriram Modak was seized with a bunch of 60 pleas by teachers challenging their transfer under the new policy of 2017. The policy plans the transfer of ZP teachers in May every year to maintain a balance between administration and individual needs of teachers.
The bench said, “The policy is to maintain transparency in the transfer process so that no scope is left for making any grievance by any of the teachers under transfer.”This would be visible from the way the stages are contemplated and prescribed and the way each stage has been regulated for compliance in the policy. We find the transfer policy, being a logically structured document.”
The petitioners challenged the policy on a common grievance relating to man-wife unification. They contended their spouses are posted at 30 to 400 kms away and urged the bench the ‘husband-wife-together policy’ should be maintained. Some claimed even though they have worked in ‘hilly or hardest of the hard areas’, they have not been given transfers at places of their choice.
“The purpose is to strike a balance between administration and individual needs of the teachers so they do not keep sulking or remain unhappy due to the perception of an admin action not respecting or honouring preferred places while affecting transfers,” the order by Justice Shukre reads.
“Ultimately, an employee possessed of the proper balance of mind and state of happiness is one of the important parameters of any good administration. Timely redressal of grievances or removal of difficulties would lead to nothing but enhancing the quality of administration of ZP schools and that would surely contribute to improved quality of education imparted in such schools,” the bench ruled.