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Teachers turn down state’s offer, talks to restart

As the indefinite strike by degree college teachers reaches its 14th day, negotiations with the state government will begin for the second time.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2009 01:21 IST
Snehal Rebello

As the indefinite strike by degree college teachers reaches its 14th day, negotiations with the state government will begin for the second time.

On Monday, the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation submitted a letter to Higher Education Minister Rajesh Tope stating their dissatisfaction over the offer made by the state.

“We have conveyed that the offer made is very vague and we are not going to end the strike. After so many discussions and meetings, the government made a one-sided decision which is totally unacceptable,” said CR Sadasivan, president of the organisation. The next round of discussions will begin on Tuesday.

About 30,000 teachers across 11 universities in the state have been on strike since July 14.

On July 23, the state accepted the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission with retroactive effect starting January 1, 2006.

However, teachers will not be eligible for allowance — house rent, leave-travel, — as prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

It also stated the regularisation of teachers without Nat-ional Eligibility Test and State Eligibility Test was set in motion by sending individual cases to the UGC for exemption.

The federation is not willing to accept the relief package.

Sadasivan said, the revised pay scales must be as per the recommendations of the Chadha Committee appointed by the UGC and accepted by the Centre.

“We do not want it similar to state government employees since our pay scales and allowances are one notch higher than theirs,” said Sadasivan.