Running from pillar to post demanding parity in pay scales, principals and education officers in the state have alleged that the state government had an indifferent attitude towards them as they “were not able to even protest like others” to press for their 'just' demands.
The total cadre strength of Haryana School Education Officers (HSEO) Association is less than 2,000, whereas the total cadre strength of other teaching categories is more than 1 lakh.
The HSEO has alleged that the school education officers and principals have not been given their due pay scales as per recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, and at par with principals of the neighbouring states.
HSEO president Mohinder Singh Chauhan told this correspondent here on Wednesday that they had met the chief minister last Sunday, besides meeting the education minister, commissioner, and director secondary education several times in the last five years. But still their grievances of grade pay anomaly and class one status have not been redressed.
The association sent a memorandum to the chief minister again on Wednesday pointing out that 'distinguishing tag'- grade pay- had become insignificant in the hierarchy.
In Haryana, all teaching categories have been given pay scales in toto as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, but principals and education officers had been denied the same.
The memorandum said that the pay scale of school principals in the state was the lowest in north India. Even the district education officers have been given a grade pay less than the grade pay of principals in Centre and in all the neighbouring states.
The HSEO is demanding a grade pay of Rs 7,600 and class 1 status which is equal to the central 6th Pay Commission's recommendations and other adjoining states of India. Haryana school principals are getting a grade pay of Rs 6,000 and class-II status, but the principals of other states are getting a class-1 and a grade pay of Rs 7,600.