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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:09 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:09 AM (IST)

Teachers upset as no incentives announced

Teachers upset as no incentives announced

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, April 15

Government employees in the state, especially teachers, are disappointed with the speech of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Himachal Day. The employees were hoping that the Chief Minister would announce regularisation of contract employees after two years instead of three and restoration of time scale after 4,9,14 years, but no such announcement was made.

The government had already released interim relief and instalments of dearness allowance, but employees were also expecting some announcement on the restoration of old pension scheme for employees recruited after May 15, 2003.

Meanwhile, the Himachal Government Teachers Union (HGTU) has submitted a 27 point demand charter ahead of a meeting convened by Secretary (Education) with representatives of the Union on April 17. Earlier, the meeting was slated for March 3, but was postponed due to the budget session. The demand charter urged for regularisation of contract teachers after two years instead of three, raising retirement age of teachers to 62 years and restoration of time scales after four, nine and 14 years, said president of the union Virendra Chauhan.

The HGTU demanded that the scales of 7th Central Pay Commission be released to teachers in Himachal within a year in case the Sixth Punjab Pay Commission, applicable to Himachal employees, fails to give its report.

The union also demanded withdrawal of notifications issued from time to time curtailing benefits to teachers and said all contract teachers who had completed three years be regularised from April 1, while the period of regularisation be reduced to two years in future.

The benefits of the Fifth Pay Commission along with the Assured Career Promotion Scheme and grade pay were implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, but the government withdrew the benefits, which should be restored retrospectively, Chauhan said.

The other demands included implementation of the old pension scheme for employees recruited after My 15, 2003, appointment of senior teachers of school cadre as Director of Elementary Education and Secondary Education by withdrawing the teachers of college cadre and spending 6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product on education.

The other demands included special increments to teachers after 15 years of service, changing the designation of PGT as lecturers, crediting earned leave excess of 300 days to all employees and conditional regularisation of Para, PTA and PAT teachers.

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