Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gujarat Govt agrees teachers' demands, asks to withdraw agitation. MP to endorse 3-member panel report on teachers' pay hike

Gujarat government on Friday agreed to grant college and university teachers, the pay scales determined by University Grants Commission (UGC), provided the teachers withdraw their agitation.

At least 15,000 teachers from all over the state were protesting against the state government's directive to revise pay scales of university and college teachers as per the Sixth Pay Commission. And, this was done without taking into consideration the recommendations of the Chaddha Committee appointed by UGC, which would increase their current salaries by 30 to 50 per cent.

The teachers have put their agitation on hold till November 5. This compromise was done after a high profile meeting of state education department officials and a delegation of the Gujarat State Federation of University and College Teachers Association (GFUCTA), and all other teachers' association of the universities, was done. The federation met state education minister Ramanlal Vora, minister of state for Home Amit Shah and commissioner for higher education Jayanti Ravi and other members of the secretariat.

"The state government has said that they have agreed to our demands and the sentiments of the teachers' community. This will be a great encouragement for teachers and a recovery from the set back that they had faced after the revision of the pay scale," said KS Shastri president of GFUCTA.

University education forum convenor Shashiranjan Yadav said, "We are glad that the government has heard our plea and understood why we were demanding the scale of UGC."

With the revision according to UGC pay scale, the middle order teachers who have put 14 to 16 years of service will see a salary increase by 50 per cent while junior level teachers also get a benefit of around 30 per cent over their present salary structure.
Source Times of India.

MP to endorse 3-member panel report on teachers' pay hike

Madhya Pradesh Government in its reply told the High Court here today that it will endorse its three-member committee's report after scrutinising it on the issue of extending benefits of the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations to the teachers in government colleges and universities.

After the State's submission, a division bench of MP High Court, comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice RK Gupta, asked University Grant Commission (UGC) and others to file their replies in this regard.

Last month, the MP High Court has termed the indefinite strike of the teachers which commenced on Teacher's Day (September 5) as illegal. The court, then, asked them to report to the duty after a student in his petition said that the studies had been badly affected, following the stir over implementation of sixth pay panel.

Following this, the MP Government Teachers Association and others intervened in the case and asked the court to decide the issue of Sixth Pay Commission's recomendations implementation in the higher education.

Source : DNA

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