|All India Federation of University & College Teachers' Organisations|
President General Secretary
Prof. Thomas Joseph Prof. Asok Burman
18.12.2008 TEACHERS FLAY REDUCTION IN CENTRAL ASSISTANCE AND DEMAND UNIFORM AND SIMULTANEOUS IMPLEMENTATION OF REVISED UGC PAY SCALES THROUGHT OUT THE COUNTRY
The All India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organizations (AIFUCTO) welcomes the end of uncertainty over the announcement of pay scales by MOS (HRD). Some of the recommendations of Prof. Chadha Committee have been accepted and the Selection Grade Teachers/Readers have been declared to be eligible for career advancement to the post of Associate Professor. The AIFUCTO demand for the introduction of Professor Post in all colleges has also been accepted.
At the same time, the AIFUCTO notes with great concern that some very important recommendations of Prof. Chadha Committee have not been accepted. The AIFUCTO points out that the decision of the Union Government to cut down Central assistance for the implementation of VI UGC Pay Package to 80% of the additional expenditure and to limit its availability only to four years and three months will create huge problems in the implementation of the revised pay scales in many States.
The Chadha Committee had recommended 100% central assistance for first five years and 50% for the next five years for the implementation of the new scales by the States. It had also recommended uniform and simultaneous implementation of the entire package by all the States. The substantial reduction in the Central assistance and the choice given to the States to change the date of implementation, Prof Thomas Joseph and Prof Asok Burman noted, raise serious doubts about the resolve of the Govt. in improving the quality of education uniformly through out the country by attracting and retaining talent in the teaching profession.
The AIFUCTO demands that the MHRD ensure complete parity between Librarians/DPEs" with their teacher counterparts. The rejection of AIFUCTO demand in this regard is unacceptable .
The AIFUCTO also strongly objects to the non-implementation of the cadre of Senior Associate Professor as recommended by the Chadha Committee. The AIFUCTO demands that all existing Selection Grade Lecturers and Readers as on 1.1.2006 with requisite years of service be automatically moved into the post of Associate Professor.
The reduction in the grade pay of existing posts of Lecturer/Reader /Professor militates against all accepted norms of fair play in pay revision. The AIFUCTO demands that the Government modify its present decision appropriately, by restoring the positive recommendations of the Chadha Committee and the UGC and by abolishing the needless procedure of selection to the post of Associate Professor.
There is no mention of the PRC recommendation of allowing the switch from CPF to GPF, providing the existing assured pension scheme to teachers appointed since 1.1.2004, which is very disappointing to new recruits.
The National Executive Committee of AIFUCTO, which meets at Delhi on 4th January, will critique the government decisions and chart out a programme of country wide agitation demanding inclusive modifications in the new UGC pay package and its uniform and simultaneous implementation throughout the country with immediate effect.
Thomas Joseph, President Asok Barman, General Secretary
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