Saturday, April 27, 2013

Maharashtra teachers got arrears but pay withheld

 The state government on Friday released the first instalment of teachers' sixth CPC arrears but withheld the salaries of those who have been boycotting exam-related work for over 80 days now.
Higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope reiterated that the state will not change its stand on the NET/SET issue.

The state's decision to withhold salaries seemed to have strengthened the teachers' resolve with most saying that they were prepared "to fight till the finish".

Students, however, continue to live in anxiety. "Days are going by but the stalemate continues. We are worried that our results will not be announced on time," a student told TOI.

The government had earlier declared that it would follow the "no work, no pay" policy. In keeping with the order, salaries of nearly 11,475 teachers across the state have been withheld. While science teachers stand to lose their March and April salaries as the practical exams had started in March, arts and commerce teachers may lose their April salaries.

C R Sadasivan, a member of the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (MFUCTO), said, "Last year, March's salary was released in June. Salaries for April and May were also given late. The state cannot withhold teachers' salaries as that would be illegal. The teachers were not hired by the government, but by college managements."

One of the teachers said the state's decision to withhold salaries will discourage those who were planning to participate in exam work.

A government official said the state had the right to withhold salaries as the teachers were not performing exam duty, which was part of their work.

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