Thousands of university and degree college teachers across the state will assemble at their respective universities and participate in a jail bharo andolan on Tuesday.
Around 1,000 teachers will assemble on the lawns of the University of Mumbai’s Fort campus and march to Mantralaya. They do not have permission to gather, so they will be courting arrest.
The decision to intensify the stir came after six futile meetings with education minister Rajesh Tope. On Monday, the indefinite strike entered its 28th day.
Tired of talking to Tope, the teachers’ union, the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation, wrote last week to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to intervene and sort out the issue.
“We have not heard from the chief minister’s office. We have decided to go ahead with the jail bharo andolan,” said C.R. Sadasivan, the federation’s president.
After negotiating for almost 26 hours spread, the government agreed to revise teachers’ basic pay scales, dearness allowance, house rent allowance to align them with University Grants Commission scales but special allowances only on par with state government employees.
The federation refused the proposal on the grounds that the entire revision should adhere the University Grants Commission’s recommendations to the Sixth Pay Commission.
Around 30,000 teachers across the state have been on an indefinite strike since July 14 because the state government has not implemented these recommendations.
They are also demanding that 10,000 teachers who have not taken the National Eligibility Test and State Eligibility Test also be eligible for promotions.
States like Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have implemented the recommendations in full, and Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat will soon follow suit.