With the Punjab government having failed to provide financial grant to 136 aided colleges, many teachers are yet to be paid salaries for over nine months.
Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), which has been protesting against the non-payment of salaries, says officials have paid no heed to their demands. Around 1,500 teachers and around 2,000 non-teaching employees have been affected.
PCCTU general secretary Kuldip Singh said, “The first quarterly grant (March to May) was disbursed in November last year. Colleges have not received any more grants thereafter.”
Several teachers have not been paid for over 15 months.
Teachers said repeated requests made to the government to sanction quarterly grants at the beginning of the first month of each quarter and make final adjustments in the last quarter had yielded no results.
“The Punjab government has received a grant of Rs. 260 crore from the Centre. However, only Rs. 43 crore has been disbursed for higher education in the state,” Singh said. Of the 136 aided colleges, nearly 60 are affiliated to Panjab University Chandigarh and the rest to Punjabi University Patiala and Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar.
The teachers also demanded that the 2005 ban on recruitment of teachers be lifted. They demanded childcare leave for women teachers and extending the benefits of the January 2006 pay revision to teachers working on contract. They also want the government to raise the retirement age of teachers to over 60.