The Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided to hike the monthly remuneration of language teachers thereby providing a big respite to teachers from Language Academies who have been struggling for better wages. The Cabinet approved a consolidated remuneration of Rs. 23,265 for post-graduate teachers and Rs. 22,935 for trained-graduate teachers with immediate effect and with this the monthly consolidated remuneration for 282 teachers will now more than double.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the Cabinet meeting, said this hike will provide some relief to the teachers.
As part of the ‘Language Development Programme’, the Delhi Government has deployed Urdu, Punjabi and Sanskrit teachers from the Language Academies in the schools that come under the Directorate of Education. Earlier the teachers were engaged on part-time basis to fill the vacant sanctioned posts and later made full-time in 2008. While their remuneration was increased in July 2002, April 2005 and April 2007 during their part-time assignment, the Delhi Government in July 2008 further hiked their emoluments to Rs. 13,160 for PGT and Rs. 11,140 for TGT.
Ms. Dikshit also said that the Cabinet has decided to allow the retention of government accommodation by retired, re-employed teachers up to the PGT level. This will extend to vice-principals and principals also till they are re-employed.
The basis of the decision, she said, was that teachers are being re-employed automatically for two years after their superannuation from government service and thus they cannot be treated to be on contract basis. The Delhi Government feels that the decision will mitigate their problems, she added.