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Bihar teachers worse off than peons

When the Bihar Cabinet recently announced Central pay-scale parity to its 4.5 lakh employees and 3.42 lakh pensioners...

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
December 27, 2008 12:22:45 am

When the Bihar Cabinet recently announced Central pay-scale parity to its 4.5 lakh employees and 3.42 lakh pensioners, more than two lakh teachers in the state felt cheated as they were not given any salary hike. A teachers’ body even threatened to go on strike in January.

The minimum salary for a state Government employee is now Rs 8,000 and the maximum Rs 75,000. The state Government has employed more than two lakh teachers at the 10+2 level, up to class 10, primary, and panchayat levels at consolidated salary of Rs 7,000, Rs 6,000, Rs 5,000, Rs 4,000, respectively with no provident fund.

Take the case of Pushp Roy, a lecturer at Mokshada Girls High School, Bhagalpur. With a post-graduation degree in science and a BEd, Roy gets Rs 7,000 as a consolidated salary, Rs 700 increment every three years, retirement at 60 years, and an “elevated” designation of lecturer. Roy claims that his salary is lower than that of senior teachers who get triple this amount and worse, even a peon’s salary is more than his.

Rajiv Kumar, a teacher from Banka, said, “The salary does match our qualifications.” He said the Government has taken a burden of Rs 4,500 crore to give employees salary hike, but has not spared a thought for teachers.

P K Singh, another teacher from Banka, said, “I am thinking of preparing for competitive examinations. The salary that I get is too little.”

Coordinator of Teachers Coordination Committee Praveen Jha said, “We have submitted memorandum to district magistrates. If our salary is not revised, we will go on a state-wide strike from January 7.”

Deputy CM and Finance Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said, “All matters of payment disparity will be looked into by a payment committee, headed by commercial tax department principal secretary.” However, he made no specific mention of teachers’ salaries being reviewed.

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