Government-aided school employees have accused the Punjab government of meting out step-motherly treatment to them by not releasing their allowances pending for the past several years. The Government Aided Schools Progressive Front president Upjit Singh Brar said the government had failed to pay their medical and house rent allowances as per the fifth pay commission recommendations.
"Citing poor financial condition, the state government on one hand was denying our pending arrears, while on the other hand it was giving lucrative posts of chairpersons and directors in different departments over the years to adjust political leaders," he said.
Brar claimed that the government has also denied grade pay to lecturers, class-4 employees, senior lab attendants and sewing teachers in aided schools in accordance with the fifth pay commission.
The front also condemned the proposal of the state government to increase the salaries and other benefits of ministers and MLAs. It demanded regularisation of principals and headmasters doing their duties in different schools.