Lecturers criticise official apathy over pay scales

The association of engineering college lecturers has criticised the Government for not implementing the recommendations of the sixth pay commission of AICTE. It has decided to resort to an agitation in the second week of September.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, S. Vidyashankar, president of the association, said that the Government had failed to revise the pay scale for lecturers as per the recommendations of the sixth pay commission, despite the repeated appeals made by the association to the Government.

He said that the lecturers had staged a black badge agitation in all engineering colleges in the State in protest against the inaction of the Government to implement the six pay commission recommendations.

The association had decided to urge lecturers to send postcards to both the Chief Minister and the Higher Education Minister from September 1.

The postcards should contain a common demand for implementing the sixth pay commission recommendations and revision of salaries and service conditions of lecturers of engineering colleges.

If the Government failed to concede the demand even after September 11, the association would urged lecturers to apply for en masse leave on a certain day after September 11.

The lecturers would stage a dharna in front of the Vidhana Soudha on that day.

The Union Human Resources Ministry directed the State Government on October 7, 2009 to implement AICTE pay scales for lecturers in engineering colleges.

The Union Government had also agreed to bear 20 per cent of the amount required to introduce AICTE pay scales for lecturers.

Owing to the apathy of the State Government to implement the sixth pay commission recommendations, lecturers in over 11 government colleges had been put to hardship.

Office-bearers of the association Sudharshan Reddy, K.M. Jagadish, Niranjanamurthy, Manjunath and Basavaraj were among others present.

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