Chandigarh

PFUCTO condemns Punjab Govt move to slash teacher's salaries

March 07, 2018 12:26 AM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: The shocking proposal of the Punjab Govt. to drastically reduce the salary of school teachers recruited on a contract basis to one-fourth of their present pay so as to induct them as permanent employees is a cruel joke upon them. This was stated today by Dr. Jagwant Singh, General Secretary of the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organizations (PFUCTO), a body that includes teachers of GNDUTA, PCCTU, PUTA, GCTA, PAUTA and GADVASU.

Reports state that nearly 15,000 teachers have been asked to work on less than basic pay of Rs 10,300 per month for the next three years. These teachers, recruited under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), computer teachers and those hired for Adarsh schools, are presently drawing salaries ranging from Rs 31,000 to Rs 50,000 per month.

Dr. Jagwant Singh further added, ‘The treatment being meted out to the teachers is grossly unfair. When state employees are awaiting the implementation of new pay scales, this assault on teachers’ livelihoods by slashing their present salaries defies logic. The govt. should immediately withdraw this callous measure. The excuse that it was a decision of the previous government to keep all fresh recruits on basic pay for three years should be quashed, since the people had already shown the door to those that had taken these decisions. Even the college teachers are suffering because of this absurd policy. This is also a mockery of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and the norms of the SSA/RMSA and the UGC , that require teachers to be regular employees.

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