As the college teachers strike ended on Wednesday,it has now come to light that the Maharashtra Federation of College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO) was demanding something against their own resolution passed just eight months ago. It has been now alleged that the MFUCTO office-bearers did it for money it had taken from teachers saying they will bargain with the state government. However,MFUCTO has clarified that all the allegations are baseless.
Even as the state government accepted the demand of teachers to give salary as per sixth pay commission recommendations on August 12,MFUCTO was adamant over the issue of NET/SET. The organisation argued that the teachers who are appointed in the period from 1991 to 1999 should be exempted from the eligibility of passing NET/SET exams. The state government had clarified that the issue doesn’t lie in its jurisdiction and UGC is the best judge to resolve it.
Incidentally,the MFUCTO had resolved in its December 21,2008 meeting that the issue would be followed up with the UGC. “Taking contrary stand,MFUCTO insisted on getting written assurance on NET/SET issue from the state government. This was done as the MFUCTO office bearers had taken money from teachers suffering from NET/SET issue,” alleged an office-bearer of Pune University of Teachers’ Association,an organisation affiliated to MFUCTO.
In the last three days of the strike,the association faced cracks as some teachers joined duty. “The cracks developed as half of the total 30,000 teachers in the state had different opinion on NET/SET issue and they didn’t want to pursue the issue with the state government,” said the senior office bearer who refused to be named.
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When contacted,MFUCTO president C R Sadasivan denied all the allegations. “The organisation is a trade union and it can collect strike fund. It has done nothing illegal. President of PUTA Atul Bagul is making all these baseless allegations and he has been asked to step down from his post two days back,” he said.
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