Wednesday, March 24, 2010

W.B. Govt announces Pay hike and more posts for teachers, assures early implementation of UGC scales. U.P. Govt. issues order to release salary arrears for colleges

West Bengal : Pay hike and more posts for teachers
 From increasing emoluments of part-time school and college teachers to enhancing pay of the permanent employees of schools, colleges and universities, from creating new teaching posts to setting up new institutions, the budget promised every attempt to keep the teaching community happy.
There is a proposal to create 60,000 new teaching posts in primary schools and 1,500 in undergraduate colleges.
The CPM has in the past banked on the support of party-backed teachers’ lobbies such as the All Bengal Teachers’ Association and the West Bengal College and University Teachers’ Association to win elections. The move to create such a large number of posts is also being seen in the context of the forthcoming elections.
“The announcements will give a boost to the CPM-backed teachers’ lobbies,” said a college principal. “Especially so as CPM supporters hold an edge during any recruitment.”
The government hopes to appease nearly 5,500 part-time teachers working in over 500 state-aided and state-run colleges with the promise of a 35 per cent hike. The part-timers had been up in arms against the government because of the absence of a proper recruitment policy for them.
A 35 per cent hike has also been announced for part-time teachers in government-aided schools.
There is good news for over 12,000 teachers in the 400-odd colleges and 16 universities. After the University Grants Commission had recommended a hike in their salaries, the state had agreed to it in principle but not implemented it.
The finance minister assured the teaching community today that the UGC recommendation would be implemented soon.

Uttar Pradesh : Govt. releases arrear for college teachers.
The state government on Monday issued an order releasing salary arrears from December 2008 to June 2009 for the teaching and non-teaching staff of around 345 government-aided degree colleges in the state. Over Rs 78 crore has been released for the purpose. Teachers have welcomed the move but have demanded that government should also release an order for payment of remaining arrears from January 2006 to November 2008 as provided in the revised pay scales. 

Similar orders for payment of salary arrears from December 2008 to June 2009 have already been issued for state universities and government colleges. The burden on state exchequer would be around Rs 120 crore. However, this is only the 20% of the total arrears as University Grants Commission (UGC) will bear 80% of the expenses. The UGC had recommended payment of revised pay scales from January 2006 at par with the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission for the Central government employees. In higher education, UGC bears 80% of the expenditure and the state governments have to pay only 20% of the amount.

The order issued on Monday stated that the amount will be given to the degree colleges verifying their actual requirements. Director higher education, will ensure that the teachers and non-teaching staff availing the benefit are those who have been duly appointed on sanctioned posts. The colleges will have to provide the utilisation certificates by March 31, 2010. The grant has been released from the amount of around Rs 149 crore earmarked for the purpose in 2009-10 state annual budget. Sources said that government has also made provisions in 2010-11 annual budget for payment of arrears from January 2006.

Source : The Telegraph and Times of India.

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