Teachers of UoP-affiliated colleges demand implementation of Sixth Pay panel payscales
As many as 15,000 teachers of various senior colleges,affiliated with the University of Pune (UoP),will boycott assessment of BA,B.Com,B.Sc,MA and M.Com papers in protest against the governments indecision on implementing the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.
The teachers argue that despite repeated reminders,the government has failed to act and has forced them to agitate. Several teachers will also be going on a one-day hunger strike in front of the Directorate of Education on March 26.
Teachers belonging to Pune University Teachers Association (PUTA),Pune University College Teachers Organisation (PUCTO) and aided as well as unaided colleges,will take part in the protest. The teachers are also demanding exemption from the mandatory National Eligibility Test (NET) and the State Eligibility Test (SET). They are seeking exemptions from these tests citing UGC guidelines.
A senior teacher,on condition of anonymity,said,The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given a ruling that teachers who have been appointed between September 19,1991 and April 3,2000 will be exempted from the NET/SET. However,for some reason,the state government has not done anything about it.
Also,the teachers are yet to get their arrears,which have been pending for the past five years. There are two kinds of arrears we are supposed to get. 10-month cash arrears and arrears for which the Central government contributes about 80 per cent to the state government. The second has been pending since January 1,2006, said another teacher.
Also,the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations have not been implemented in many of the social welfare as well as unaided colleges. A K Walunj,secretary of PUTA and member of the UoP Management Council,said,There are close to 15,000 teachers in UoP-affiliated colleges who have been affected owing to these issues. We are only trying to draw the governments attention to our problems with this boycott.