The government has set up a grievance redressal committee for college and university teachers. The move comes in the wake of a High Court directive to set up a redressal mechanism before July 31. The court directive came while it was considering a petition on the 96-day-long strike of the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) that began on February 4.
It is on account of the absence of such (grievances redressal) mechanism to get the disputes and grievances resolved and redressed that the present unfortunate agitation started, the court had observed.
The eight-member grievance redressal committee will be headed by the minister for higher and technical education. The minister of state of the same portfolio will be the vice-chairman. Principal secretaries of higher and technical,finance,planning,law and judiciary among few other department are members of the panel,a July 25 government resolution (GR) stated. The GR states that a decision by the committee on complaints,demands or grievances will be final and a nod from the chief minister or the state cabinet will be needed to alter it.
MFUCTO president Shivaji Patil said the teachers or managements of colleges are not represented in the committee. We have no voice in the committee. It is dominated by ministers and senior bureaucrats. We dont have much hope from the panel,which government appears to have set up only to comply with court directives, he told Newsline on Tuesday.