PU teachers demand revision of payscales
BANGALORE: Around 2,000 teachers working in government run preuniversity colleges came together at Freedom Park on Monday demandin..
BANGALORE: Around 2,000 teachers working in government run preuniversity colleges came together at Freedom Park on Monday demanding the immediate implementation of the pending pay revisions.
MLC Ganesh Karnik attended a meeting with them later and assured them that the State Government would soon respond positively to their request.
Representatives of the PU teachers had explained at a press meet earlier that they had raised the issue of pending pay revisions from the IV and V pay commissions.
"I was working as a college lecturer but moved to preuniversity in a governmentrun college. The pay scales at that time were the same. But, the earlier Pay Commissions were implemented for college teachers while preuniversity teachers were left behind. Are we being punished for our choices?" questions Parashuramana Gowda, a PU teacher.
General secretary for Karnataka State PU College Lecturers Association Karnataka State University Education Officers, Principals, Lecturers and NonTeaching Staff Associations general secretary Nagaraj Urs said that after continuous protests and representations given to various governments, the teachers organised a strike during the evaluation during the last examinations. "The government finally intervened and formed a pay committee to submit a report on the anomaly in pay for PU teachers. A 30day deadline too was given. Since three months, despite the committee submitting the report, the government has neither released the report nor implemented any recommendations submitted by the committee," he explained.
The teachers said that if the VI pay commission is implemented without earlier pay commissions considered, their pay scale disparity would become huge and will have an immediate impact on the education system.
Meanwhile, Narayanappa M, a lecturer, said that the initial call for a hungerstrike was called off and today's meeting was to pressurise the State Government to revised payscales.
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