Punjabi university teachers, govt college guest lecturers to observe 'black day' on Sep 5
Teachers under the banner of Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) decided to observe Teacher's Day as 'black day' after the Punjabi University failed to release their arrearsUpdated: Sep 04, 2014 20:33 IST
Teachers under the banner of Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) decided to observe Teacher's Day as 'black day' after the Punjabi University failed to release their arrears.
They had given an ultimatum of September 4 for the university to release arrears of 20% on their pay.
Teachers will wear black badges during duty hours to register their protest against the "adamant and lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab government and University authorities towards their demands".
DTF convener Jaswinder Singh Brar said according to the finance department's notification issued in January 2013, the government had decided to release the arrears in three installments by March 31, 2013.
"Strangely, the state government released only 80% of arrears of Punjabi University teachers in March 2013 and withheld the remaining amount," he said.
Moreover, teachers of government colleges, government-aided-private colleges and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, have already paid the entire arrear amount in March 2013, he said.
He pointed out that the non-payment was against government's notification.
Guest faculty lecturers to wear black badges
Guest lecturers across the state also decided to wear black badges to show their protest against the state government for not implementing the cabinet's decision to increase their salaries.
Guest Faculty Association president Harminder Singh asked, "What is the point of celebrating Teacher's Day, when the state has no regard for college teachers?"
"Is this a way to deal with well-qualified teachers who worked on meagre salaries?" questioned Singh.
In a cabinet meeting on December 3, 2011, the state government had decided to increase guest lecturers' salary from `7,000 per month to `10,000, effective from December 1, 2011. The cabinet also decided on a 10% pay hike every year. But, it is yet to be implemented. No 'aache din' for contractual teachers
The teachers under SSA/RMSA/CSS union dismissed Teacher's Day celebrations as a mere formality because anti-teacher policies of both the state and the Centre degraded the teaching profession.
"There is no 'achhe din' promised by the Modi government as our services have not been regularised for past six years," said Hardeep Singh, president of the union.