All teachers threaten to go on indefinite strike if the demands were not accepted
Shimla/ April 24
Agitated over not timely redressing long pending demands and the lethargic attitude of state education department, the teachers of government colleges have decided to boycott the evaluation of papers on April 25 at all evaluation centres in the state.
On the state call given by Central Executive of Himachal Government College Teachers Association (HGCTA) in protest against delay in implementation of the demands agreed in principle in the meeting with the government held on May 5, an emergent meeting of HGCTA was held in RKMV College Shimla on Tuesday.
The members of the Association expressed their unhappiness with regard to the sluggish process and shifting responsibilities by the Education Department and thereby confusing the simple issue of adoption of UGC regulations in the state. All the members expressed their resentment by wearing black badges with immediate effect.
The president of HGCTA, Dr. R.K Kaistha said that the house also decided to submit incomplete scripts on April 24 and to boycott the complete evaluation work on April 25 in all the centres across the state.
He said that teachers may be forced to go on indefinite strike if no concrete decisions were taken in couple of days by the Government.
It is pertinent to note that the teachers all over the state are aggrieved by the government decision to implement the UGC Regulations from the retrospective dates as a result large numbers of teacher’s placements, promotions etc have been effected.
This has also put teachers in huge financial loss. The teachers are demanding implementation of UGC Regulations from the date of adoption by the state government, award of associate professor scale as per the state government notification( August 22, 2011) as per UGC norms.
They have also demanded creation of post of Professors in the colleges, fixation of pay as per 6th Pay Commission, promotion of the principals as per existing R&P Rules, special allowance to the Principals, restoration of old vacation schedule, grant of special casual leave of 30 days instead of 14 days and restructuring of API (Academic Performance Indicator) keeping in view of the local conditions of the state.
They also demanded making provision of full salary and all other benefits at par with regular incumbents including starting of regularisation process of commission appointee teachers appointed in the recent past.
Members were concerned about delay in sending the proposal regarding the Action Taken Report at the Directorate level. As a mark of protest, the evaluation of scripts will not be carried out on April 25 in all the evaluation centres across the state.