Leaflet, 13.11.08

On Pay Revision

The inordinate delay in revising teachers’ pay scales reflects the Government’s attitude towards education. It reminds us of the last pay revision when the NDA Government handed out pay scales and promotional avenues far short of what the UGC had recommended and singled out the teaching profession for denial of promotional benefits for two and half years. It agreed under pressure to introduce the third promotion for all teachers only to dishonour the agreement. The present delay indicates the possible denial of our demands for better starting pay for Senior Lecturer’s and Reader’s grade and third promotion for all till Professor’s grade. The apparent pretext for the delay, that the Delhi elections are taking place, is a lame excuse. In a month’s time, the Central Government may stop taking major policy decisions as its term comes to an end and thereby postpone pay revision for a long time. This cannot be acceptable.

The DUTA should get its act together for a protracted struggle. However, this is the first time that the DUTA failed to bring out a newsletter on the recommendations of the Pay Review Committee. While teachers participated in large numbers in the demonstration on 5 November, the DUTA failed to mobilise MPs from different political parties in support of teachers’ demands. Time is running out and such failures can be costly.

We know the recommendations of the Pay Review Committee, but not what the UGC has recommended. We are told that it has addressed our concerns. But what exactly has it recommended for Senior Lecturer’s and Reader’s grades? And what about the assured third promotion to Professor’s grade? While we should increase the pressure on the Government to accept our demands, a few issues should be clearly formulated and pursued.

As pointed out in the earlier DTF leaflet, the PRC has accepted only one recommendation made by the UGC in 1997, to upgrade the starting pay for Lecturers to 10000. But it has systematically downgraded pay at the subsequent levels and condemned 90% of teachers to stagnation at the Reader’s level. It has rejected the assured third promotion till Professor’s grade, a demand accepted and recommended by the UGC in 1997. There are also some further issues.

1) Even if Senior Lecturers are given a Grade Pay of 7600 instead of 7200 as proposed by the PRC, there is a serious problem. All Lecturers when due for promotion to Senior Lecturer would be drawing more than the entry pay for Grade Pay of 7600. A teacher with NET would cross it in 4 years but be eligible for promotion after 6 years, with MPhil he/she would cross it in 3 years and with PhD in just one year!!! Can this be called a promotion?

2) The demand for placing teachers in Reader’s grade in PB4 has to be coupled with the demand for the assured third promotion till Professor’s grade. Otherwise it condemns 90% of teachers to stagnation at the Reader’s level. The 1987 UGC recommendations recognised the need for higher entry pay for teachers at all levels combined with three assured promotions till Professor’s grade in order to ensure parity with IAS/Group A services. The NDA government refused to accept this and downgraded teachers. The UPA Government must be made to understand that teachers would not forgive it for going the NDA way.

3) The Sixth Pay Commission implemented by the Government has stipulated different minimum pay in the Pay Bands for different categories of Grade Pay.

PB3: 15600-39100

PB4: 37400-64000

Grade Pay

Pay in PB

Total

Grade Pay

Pay in PB

Total

5400

15600

21000

8700

37400

46100

6600

18750

25350

8900

40200

49100

7600

21900

29500

10000

43000

53000

12000

47100

59100

Fixation of pay has to ensure that no one draws less than a new recruit to the same category. Bunching benefits of one increment for every two are given to employees with more than two increments. In case of teachers, it must be ensured that each category — Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers and Professors — is placed at least at the entry pay for the category and is then given bunching benefits.

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