A meeting of office-bearers of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) was held under the presidentship of Prof JR Prashar to discuss the situation arising out of the interim order of the Punjab and Haryana high court regarding the pension and gratuity scheme meant for teachers of non-government aided colleges.
The PCCTU welcomed the order of the high court bench, in which the court directed the Punjab government to formulate the pension rules which were provided in the 1996 scheme by November 26, the next date of hearing.
"The court took a serious note of the "evasive" role of the government and observed, 'We are giving last opportunity to the respondents - the Punjab government -- to deliberate on the issue and inform the court on the next date of hearing about the implementation of the 1996 scheme'," said Prashar.
The PCCTU office-bearers welcomed the court order and decided to observe protests all over Punjab to prevail upon the government to implement the scheme of pension and gratuity.
The union decided to launch an agitation from October 19 by holding university-wise rallies. The first such rally will be held in Patiala on October 19. The teachers working in colleges affiliated to Panjabi University will take mass casual leave and hold a rally at Patiala.
The second such rally will be held at Amritsar on October 30. The teachers working in colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University will go on mass casual leave and hold a rally at Amritsar.
The third rally will be held on November 7 in front of DPI (colleges), Punjab, in Chandigarh and the teachers working in colleges affiliated to Panjab University will go on a mass casual leave and hold a rally in Chandigarh.
The PCCTU will also hold a state-level rally in Chandigarh in the third week of November.
In the meantime, the PCCTU will form a joint action committee consisting of principal federation, management federation and non-teaching employees union so that a joint fight may be initiated against the government. The future course of action will be decided with the constituents of the joint action committee.
The other long-pending demands of teachers include lifting of ban on recruitments, inclusion of teachers working against unaided posts under the Service Security Act, and immediate payment of UGC pay revision arrears to aided as well as unaided teachers.