Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Members of the Joint Council of Managements and Staff Associations of grant-in aid schools of Puducherry will soon participate in a protest rally in Puducherry and Karaikal on February 13, to press their demands.

Their demands include pay-scale on par with government school teachers and benefits such as Leave Travel Concession (LTC) and leave encashment as per the Pondicherry School Education Rules, 1996, upgradation of primary posts as in government schools and filling up of retirement vacancies.

Around 266 posts were created by means of a Government Order in 2006, but these posts haven’t been filled yet, said convenor T.R. Seshaachalam.

Instead, part-time teachers continue to work there, without being regularised. 95 per cent of the grant, for salary alone, is being released. The remaining five per cent, for establishment and maintenance is not being given, he claimed.

Also, teachers are unable to withdraw from their General Provident Fund (GPF) since employees do not have 15 years of service, as of 1996, when the GPF was introduced. These demands were presented to the authorities three months back, but no action has been taken since, he said.