The agitation called by degree college teachers under the banner of the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) will continue as talks between the state and MFUCTO representatives ended inconclusively on Wednesday.
MFUCTO cannot withdraw its boycott as the government is not sending officially signed documents that reflect the actual points we had agreed upon. They had agreed that arrears (of the Sixth Pay Commission) would be paid to the teachers within a month. They had also agreed that a government resolution will be issued in two months to regularise appointment of teachers affected by National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SET). However,the minutes of the meeting or the draft sent by the government does not reflect these agreements. The government has not given us any concrete date for payment of the arrears or resolution of the NET/SET issue. We have sent a note to the state,which conveys our reaction and decision to not end the stir, said an MFUCTO representative.
Their demands include payment of arrears,granting of placement benefits to lecturers (appointed between 1991 and 2000) affected by the NET/SET in compliance with directions issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC),removing inconsistencies in the government resolutions with respect to revision of payscales for teachers of colleges of social work,physical education and librarians by amending them,among others. As part of their agitation,the teachers have boycotted exam paper assessment duty.
In April too,negotiations and talks between the state government and MFUCTO had ended in stalemate. MFUCTO representatives had then alleged that despite an eight-hour discussion,the state education secretary had refused to the sign the draft agreement over the regularisation of non NET/SET teachers. After each discussion,the government goes back on its word. What is the point of negotiating if the government will never honour its commitments? said an MFUCTO member.