Special Correspondent

Aid for permanently unaided institutions

Institutions granted recognition in 1987 on the condition that they will not get grant permanently After the Supreme Court order, grants extended to unaided institutions run by SC/ST managements with 1992 as cut-off date Federations plans to intensify its agitation in support of its demands

GULBARGA: The Karnataka State Unaided Educational Institutions Teachers and Staff and Management Federation on Monday demanded the Government to extend grant-in-aid benefits to unaided schools and colleges established after June 1987 as it was done in the case of schools and colleges run by the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) managements in the State.

Shashil G. Namoshi, MLC belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and federation president C.H. Goudar told presspersons here that there are 22,100 unaided primary, high school, and colleges run by non-SC and non-ST managements. Over 75,000 people working in these institutions have been denied minimum wages.

They said the State Government passed an order in July 1987 that the permission to start educational institutions will be given on the condition that they should not be provided grant-in-aid permanently.

Later, on the directions of the Supreme Court the Government relaxed the provision and extended the grant-in-aid facility to educational institutions run by SC and ST managements with a cut off date as 1992.

Mr. Namoshi and Mr. Goudar said the State Government cannot adopt two yard sticks for educational institutions. Mr. Namoshi said the federation has decided to intensify its agitation by staging a dharna in front of the residence of Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh on January 27 and later chalk out further course of action.

He said the Government should at least adopt the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh pattern where the grant-in-aid is extended to unaided educational institutions based on the infrastructure available and the pass percentage of schools concerned.

Mr. Namoshi said teachers working in unaided schools were paid very little and after a long struggle, the Government agreed to issue a notification fixing a minimum wages for teachers working in unaided schools. For teachers working in primary schools, Rs. 3,290 a month is the minimum salary, for teachers working in high schools it is Rs. 4,565, and it is Rs. 5,990 for teachers working in junior colleges. He said the order is yet to be implemented. The Government should intervene and ensure that the order is implemented fully, he added.