Osmania University teachers have decided to paralyse all administrative and academic work in the varsity from August 16 protesting against the government’s failure to pay the UGC revised pay scale arrears.
On a call given by the Andhra Pradesh Federation of University Teachers Associations (APFUTA) to protest against the callous attitude of the government, the OU Teachers Association (OUTA) held a dharna at the university administrative building demanding that the government pay the arrears as promised earlier.
The APFUTA chairman Battu Satyanarayana said that on April 15 this year the government promised a delegation of the APFUTA that the issue would be resolved within 15 days forcing them to drop their agitations.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha promised to settle the issue but the file was yet to move. If the government doesn’t adhere to our requests we will be forced to go stop all academic and administrative work from August 16, Prof. Satyanarayana said.
He said teachers who have retired between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2005 were also entitled for arrears due to revision of pension. But so far arrears were not paid to the retired teachers also. The Central government would reimburse the arrears to an extent of 80 per cent if the State government pays.
Prof. Satyanarayana said teachers held similar demonstrations at all the universities in the State on Wednesday and they will also paralyse the work as per the APFUTA call. The APFUTA is also demanding enhancement of age of superannuation on par with university teachers of neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra States and extension of medical reimbursement scheme to teachers.