CM Prithviraj Chavan Monday asked striking teachers not to hold government and students to ransom,and warned stern action in case they went ahead with it. University examinations are being affected due to ongoing strike in its third month now.
Chavan said government had agreed to pay arrears of Rs 1,500 crore as per Sixth Pay Commission in three phases. But later,on insistence of the unions,it decided to give the entire amount at once through contingency fund advance.
But,despite assurances from government,including from me,teachers unions have been making new demands. Minimum qualification for recruitment of teachers is M Phil,PhD and NET/SET. Those who were hired in 90s without these qualifications were to take these examinations within three years of recruitment. Some cleared the exams,while some did not some do not even wish to. They demand facilities on a par with those qualified, Chavan said.