After contract teachers in elementary and secondary schools, non-teaching staff of the central-sponsored education projects, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), in Punjab are demanding regular pay scales from the state government.
The SSA-RMSA Non-Teaching Staff Union, which represents the 2000-odd non-teaching staff, has accused the Parkash Singh Badal government of not fulfilling its promise of granting them pay on a par with the regular staff of the government departments and regularise their services.
"The state authorities led by the then principal secretary to chief minister had on November 30 last year promised to give regular pay scales to us from April 1, 2012," according to union president Talwinder Singh. He said that the SAD-BJP government had returned to power, but done nothing to fulfil its promise of paying salary to non-teaching staff working on contract in the two projects as per the regular pay scales in the government departments in the state.
Singh said that though officers of the education department were opposing payment of salary to the contractual non-teaching staff as per the government pay scales, the government must implement its promise made before the assembly elections in the state.
The union had held a protest here on Thursday in support of its demands.
Similarly, 15,000 teachers employed by the education department on contract in elementary and secondary schools are also demanding salary on a par with regular teachers in the state.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had himself taken up the matter with the Centre in November 2011, but his government has failed to follow it up with notification to revise their salary structure.
The union ministry of human resource development then slashed the budgetary proposal by Rs 222 crore in the absence of the relevant government notification. Under the two projects, the funds are given on a Centre-state cost-sharing basis, with the former bearing bulk of the cost.