Castigating the J&K administration for paying no heed to the grievances of contractual Lecturers and Teaching Assistants engaged in Higher Education department, Harsh Dev Singh sought enhancement of salary and regularization of services in their favour without any further delay.“The government has been treating the educated youth like disposables by divesting them of their due honorarium as well as regularization benefits in the employment.
They continue to face govt apathy despite repeated assurances absorption in regular establishment with none to listen to their woes”, rued Harsh. Similar was the plight of contractual teachers who were thrown out by the govt in the most contemptuous manner after utilizing their services for several years in staff deficient schools. The maltreatment of educated youth was totally unacceptable and would fought tooth and nail, asserted Singh. He was addressing a press conference in Jammu today.
Expressing solidarity with nearly 2300 lecturers engaged as Academic Arrangement and Teaching Assistants in the Degree colleges all across UT of J&K, Harsh Dev Singh regretted that such highly qualified and experienced incumbents including PhDs, M. Phils, NET/ SLET and Post Graduates were being paid Rs. 28,000/- per month and Rs.22000/- per month respectively. He said that they were treated like bonded labourers whose honorarium was grossly meager in proportion to the quantum of work assigned to them. “The contractual/ academic arrangement Lecturers and Teaching Assistants who are being made to work for paltry salary as against the whopping pay packet paid to their regular compeers is nothing but an exploitative enslavement of the teachers. They are treated like mere expendables and subjected to worst form of human rights violation”, said Harsh. He regretted that while adhoc, contractual and consolidated employees engaged in various Government departments were regularized after a period of seven years, these Lecturers and Teaching Assistants were arbitrarily ignored despite their commendable services in the field of education. Singh sought personal intervention of the Lt. Governor to take serious cognizance of their genuine demands pertaining to enhancement of salary and regularization of their services at the earliest in the ultimate interests of educational institutions in J&K.