TAMIL NADU

College teachers in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai stage demo

Pressing demands: College teachers from Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts staging a demonstration in front of the office of the JDCE in Kalinjur near Vellore on Thursday. — Photo :D. Gopalakrishnan

Pressing demands: College teachers from Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts staging a demonstration in front of the office of the JDCE in Kalinjur near Vellore on Thursday. — Photo :D. Gopalakrishnan  

Demand for UGC payscales with effect from January, 2006

College teachers belonging to government and government-aided colleges in Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education (JDCE) at Kalinjur near here on Thursday, demanding, among other things, implementation of the University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education and VI Pay Commission pay-scales with monetary effect from January 1, 2006.

The agitation was organised by the Joint Action Council (JAC) of College Teachers Associations of Tamil Nadu, comprising the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association (TNGCTA).

The other demands included scrapping of the new Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) and continuation of the old Defined Pension Scheme for those appointed after April 1, 2003, increase in the retirement age of college and university teachers to 65 years, implementation of house rent allowance and other allowances on a par with Central government employees, restoration of 40% of pension pay for calculating commutation, considering the aided college (and not individual departments) as a unit for rectifying the anomaly of junior getting more pay than senior, reducing the period of service for full pension eligibility from 30 to 20 years, and filling up of the vacancies in the posts of non-teaching staff, including that of last grade servants in government-aided colleges. Usha Ragotham, joint secretary, TNGCTA who presided over the agitation said that if CPS were introduced, college teachers would not be enjoying the full benefits of pension on retirement.

The central government was yet to come out with any announcement on the mode of saving of the pension amount under the proposed CPS, she said. L. Prathaban and S. Kumar, JAC members and I. Elangovan, former vice-president of AUT spoke.

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