Special Correspondent

Protest against scrapping of special compensatory allowance

HYDERABAD: Members of the Andhra Pradesh United Teachers' Federation will stage dharnas on January 7 to protest against scrapping of special compensatory allowance paid to teachers working in agency areas. The teachers will also seek resolution of other problems pertaining to the implementation of the Pay Revision Commission's recommendations.

Dharnas/demonstrations would be organised in all the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) centres in the State asking the Government to continue payment of Rs. 400 a month to the teachers, UTF general secretary N. Narayana, told a press conference here on Saturday.

'Disincentive'

The allowance, being implemented for 20 years, was not part of the PRC 2005 recommendations, he said, adding that the decision to stop it would act as a disincentive to those working for the welfare of tribals.

The federation, he stated, wanted the Government to provide an opportunity to the teachers to opt for subsequent increment in the PRC and extension of financial benefit from July 2003 when the PRC scales were implemented.

Mr. Narayana wanted payment of salaries to those appointed under DSC 2003 according to the regular time scale. Along with these teachers the old pension scheme should be extended to those who worked as special vidya volunteers, he said.