The Haryana government has reversed the previous regime's decision of paying salaries directly to computer teachers instead of routing these through hired companies.
A letter dated January 16 from director secondary education to all district education officers said, "…agreement with the Service Providers is still in force and accordingly, it has been decided by the Government that in no circumstances, the computer faculties in future will be paid directly by the Department."
Notably, the computer teachers working in various government schools were engaged by service providers namely Shriram New Horizons Ltd, Transline Technologies Ltd and Bhupindra Society as per the agreement signed with them on August 19, 2013.
But the computer teachers raised the issues of undue security charged from them at the time of appointment, non-contribution of employer's share towards ESI and non-payment of salaries for months. They also protested in Panchkula prior to the Lok Sabha elections last year.
The government had then issued notices to service providers on March 25, July 3 and August 4 last year. The salaries for two months were also released directly by the department. It was conveyed to the firms that in case of non-compliance, the contracts will be terminated. However, they approached the court which directed the companies to go in for arbitration, which the latter did. The hearing in the arbitration had taken place on January 1 and January 16 this year.
With the January 16 letter now, the government had reversed the earlier regime's order for relief to the computer teachers. As a result, the computer teachers are again on a warpath. About 200 of them blocked the gate of Shiksha Sadan, sector 5, Panchkula, housing the state's education department, for about three hours on Wednesday.
The teachers were complaining that they were not given salaries for 13 months. "We are requesting the department to stop our exploitation. We have not been paid for 13 months. We will not take salaries from companies. We want the government to give salaries directly to us failing which we will launch hunger strike," said Balram Dhiman, president, Computer Teachers Welfare Association, Haryana.
Talking to HT, ML Kaushik, director, secondary education, Haryana, said, "These teachers were selected by the companies. How can the government pay salaries to them? The case is in arbitration. We will make the company to pay the salaries and other monetary benefits. Also, we will make them to give maternity leave to woman teachers".