Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: Y.A. Narayanaswamy, MLC, demanded that the Government set aside the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission as it had failed to examine the problems of teachers and lecturers.

He said if the Government failed to set aside the recommendations of the commission or modify them to enhance salaries of teachers and lecturers, he and other MLCs would abstain from the next Legislative Council meeting. Even then, if the Government fails to fulfil the demands of teachers and lecturers, schools and pre-university colleges may have to be closed, he said.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, Mr. Narayanaswamy said that teachers and lecturers had been demanding that the Government pay basic scale of Rs. 9,500 to teachers and Rs. 13,000 to lecturers.

He alleged that the Third and Fourth pay commissions had failed to consider these demands. The Fifth Pay Commission had also overlooked them, he said.

Mr. Narayanaswamy opposed admission of engineering and medical students to post-graduate courses through a common entrance test and questioned the propriety of holding the test for post-graduate courses when there were a number of universities giving higher education to students of their respective regions.

Describing it as an ill-conceived idea, he said that students should be selected for post-graduate courses at the university level and not through common entrance test as proposed.

The MLC said that teachers were involved in the Akshara Dasoha Scheme and noted that as a result, teachers were not in a position to complete the syllabus and concentrate on academic work.

He said that the Akshara Dasoha Scheme should be handed over to organisations such as ISCKON so that teachers could concentrate on academic work instead of supervising cooking and distributing meals.

Aided schools were not given utensils and gas cylinders, he said and asked why this disparity between government and aided schools. He urged the Government to supply the utensils and gas cylinders to aided schools too.