Inclusion in time-scale model brings relief to contract teachers

The 113 contract teachers of Andhra University and the 1,700 more working in 14 State-run universities can now breathe a sigh of relief, as the Group of Ministers (GoM) has given approval to include them in the time-scale model of employment.

On Friday, the teachers at AU were seen celebrating the decision taken at a meeting in Amaravati on Thursday, ending the job insecurity of the contract teachers who have been working since the last two decades. The issue hogged the limelight after the teachers vehemently opposed the government decision of fresh recruitment in the Assistant Professor cadre through a competitive exam conducted by the APPSC.

“Since last three years, we have been fighting for justice. Removing the contract teachers who have already put up more than 20 years of service or asking them to compete through a competitive examination at this juncture would have been a very difficult proposition. We are glad that our pleas were heard and the government took a decision in our favour,” said Prof. K. Arjunudu, president of AP Contract Teachers Association.

According to contract teachers, their inclusion in the time-scale model of employment has guaranteed them job security. Earlier, the contract teachers were receiving a consolidate pay of around ₹33,696 for 12 months and the scale and the number of months also varied depending on the universities.

Better perks

“Now, we will have a minimum basic pay of ₹15,600 with other wage components such as academic grade pay, HRA and DA. More importantly, we will have job security and the payment component will be borne from the block grant given by the State government. Now, a G.O. has to be passed to that effect,” said Prof. Arjunudu.

Non-teaching staff disappointed

However, it appears the decision has not gone down well with the contract workers in the non-teaching segment of universities. The employees staged a dharna on Friday to protest against the non-inclusion of their post in the time-scale category.

The 500 and odd contract employees who are working at Andhra University on the basis of ‘28-day scheme’ have been pinning high hopes that they would be included into the time-scale segment.

“We have been serving the university for the last two decades. But it appears we have to wait as the Group of Ministers has not taken a call yet,” said Acchi Babu, a contract worker.

As of now, the contract workers at Andhra University are paid a consolidate pay of ₹12,000 per month on a 28-day basis, Mr. Acchi Babu pointed out.

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