Unhappy with the state government’s efforts to resolve their strike, university and degree college teachers have decided to intensify their campaign.
On Tuesday, they will launch a jail bharo andolan across 11 universities in the state.
Around 30,000 teachers have been on an indefinite strike since July 14 because the state government has not implemented the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.
They are also demanding exemption of 10,000 teachers without National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Eligibility Test (SET) to be approved for promotions.
Following an internal meeting on Thursday, the teacher’s federation — Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) — has sought intervention of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal to end the deadlock.
“The problem may be solved even in one sitting with them,” said C.R. Sadasivan, MFUCTO president, adding that the government could negotiate till August 11.
“If we reach a proper understanding, then we won’t go ahead with the agitation. But we want the government to list what is acceptable and what is not on paper. We won’t withdraw on mere assurances.”
Following six futile meetings over 26 hours spanning seven days with Higher Education Minister Rajesh Tope, the federation last week refused the offer made by him. They have decided not to negotiate with Tope.
The government said that while dearness allowance and house rent allowance and pay scales will be revised as per the University Grants Commission, other special allowances will be paid as per those given to the state government employees.
While states like Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have implemented the recommendations in toto, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat will follow suit.
“We want the government to implement the composite package,” said Tapati Mukhopadhyay, MFCUTO member. “The UGC package is not a buffet dinner where some bits can be implemented and leave the rest."