Protesting teachers firm on demands,panel to meet today

While the state has decided to regularise services of these teachers from the date of issue of notification,teachers reiterated that they would not compromise on their demand for regularisation from the date of appointment.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 25, 2013 2:42 am

Even as the executive committee of Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (MFUCTO) will meet Thursday to decide their future course of action,the state government is exploring several options to regularise teachers who have not cleared National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SLET),an issue which has become the primary bone of contention.

While the state has decided to regularise services of these teachers from the date of issue of notification,teachers reiterated that they would not compromise on their demand for regularisation from the date of appointment. Under the MFUCTO banner,teachers from 10 universities across the state will stage a dharna at Azad Maidan Thursday.

“It has been decided that the teachers won’t be removed and their services will be regularised from day of passage of the Government Resolution. We are discussing several aspects with respect to the regularisation issue,” said Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education D P Sawant.

“It has been decided that these teachers who are being regularised will be given career advancement scheme benefits after six years,even if they don’t qualify NET/SLET in these six years. For those who have acquired NET/SLET qualification from 2000 till date,we can look at giving them deemed benefits,subject to approval from Cabinet. We are also discussing that if these teachers can qualify in the next three years,we can think of extending deemed benefits along the same lines,again subject to Cabinet approval. Hence,we are appealing to the teachers to withdraw their strike and these aspects can be discussed,” he said.

On the issue of payment of Sixth Pay Commission arrears,Sawant said the first installment of Rs 500 crore was expected to be paid by Friday. “For the remaining amount of Rs 1,000 crore,we need to issue an Ordinance. So,if the Cabinet meets by month-end,we will release the remaining amount by first week of May,” he said.

C R Sadasivan,MFUCTO member and president of Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU),however,said though teachers were open to negotiation,they were not willing to compromise on the aspect of date of regularisation of teachers’ services. “If they regularise services from 2013 and treat them as newly appointed,what will happen to the increments paid to them all these years? The government will have to recover these increments. There are several who have been appointed as principals and they will lose their posts. Also,teachers will lose pension benefits. They will lose 12-21 years of service,” he said.

Sadasivan added these teachers had been exempted from NET/SLET by University Grants Commission. “After the UGC sent two letters in 2011,saying that the services of these teachers must be regularised from their date of regular appointment,the state asked for more clarification. The UGC sent another letter to Maharashtra on March 15,2012,reiterating its position. While our boycott was on in 2012,the state sent another letter to UGC. On May 11,2012,UGC replied saying there was no change in its stand. Why is the government defying UGC directions?” he said.

The standoff

While the state has decided to regularise services of these teachers from the date of issue of notification,teachers reiterated that they would not compromise on their demand for regularisation from the date of appointment

Under the MFUCTO banner,teachers from 10 universities across the state will stage a dharna at Azad Maidan Thursday

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