Recruited by the Punjab ICT Education Society (PICTES), more than 6,600 computer teachers, who have not received their salaries since September 2011, have accused the education department of meting out step-motherly treatment to them.
The state government had regularised around 5,000 teachers after completion of a mandatory 30-month service with the society in July 2011.
Talking to HT, state president of Computer Teachers’ Union, Gurwinder Singh, rued the “unsympathetic” attitude of the government towards their problems.
“How can anybody survive without salary in today’s conditions?, he said. “Everyone has family to take care of and the computer teachers are in the doldrums.”
Union’s Kapurthala unit president Arundeep Singh said, “Our drawing and disbursing officer is not even endorsing our loan applications on the pretext that our future is uncertain as there are no clear instructions about our job.”
“As per a notification issued in December 2010, it was decided that services of nearly 5,000 computer teachers will be regularised under PICTES with effect from July 2011,” said Gurwinder Singh adding that, the teachers also got salary for two months on full scale.
“We have approached the office of DGSE, but to no avail,” he added.
Expressing concern over the issue, deputy manager, ICT (administration) in office of director general school education (DGSE), Jagtar Singh Jagga said, “There were some objections raised by the finance department over the budget requirement, which had been removed. We also provided some other details sought by the department and are now waiting for early release of funds to pay computer teachers.”
The society is not in a condition pay the teachers, as it would cost around Rs 16 crore per month, he said, adding that, “We will release salaries immediately after receiving the grant from the government.”