Inclusion of computer teachers in the education department: Punjab DTF: The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 25

The Democratic Teachers Front, the President of Punjab, Vikram Dev Singh, along with other members of the organization has raised the demand to bring computer teachers to work in government schools under the Department of Education.

Computer teachers have been working in public schools for 15 years. Their services were regulated in 2011 and civil service rules were implemented. They were also ordered to pay salaries in accordance with the Fifth Wage Commission, but later they were not given ACP. Now, after the Government of Punjab has given the benefits of the Sixth Wage Commission to the department employees, it is not made clear which benefits are to be given to computer teachers. Ashwani Awasti, Secretary of the Teachers Democratic Front

DTF Secretary Ashwani Awasti said the government of Punjab should include computer teachers in the education administration and provide them with all kinds of administrative benefits.

DTF leaders expressed their solidarity with the struggle of computer educators and supported the demands.

The leaders said computer educators have been working in public schools for 15 years. The services of these teachers have been regulated through the notification issued by the Government of Punjab, Department of School Education, (Education Branch – 7) in the year 2011 and civil service rules have been implemented.

Under the same letter, orders were also issued to pay salaries according to the Fifth Wage Commission, but later these employees were not granted the Annual Competence Program (ACP) under the Wage Commission. Now, after the Government of Punjab has given the benefits of the Sixth Wage Commission to departmental employees, it has not been clarified to grant these benefits to computer educators,” Awasti said.

Issues raised with the responsible AAP Punjab unit

The Joint Minister of State for the AAP Intellectual Wing and the former President of Teachers’ Union of Punjab and Chandigarh College called Professor H.S. Walia, Co-Responsible for Punjab Unit of AAP Raghav Chadha and informed him of the problems faced by teachers working in universities and colleges of Punjab. Issues related to the implementation of UGC pay scales, pensions for teachers working in affiliated colleges (subsidy), filling of vacancies in higher education institutions, vacation benefits for all teachers and scholarships/financial assistance for meritorious and economically disadvantaged students.

Prof Walia said UGC pay scales as per the recommendations of the Seventh Wage Commission have been implemented in all states/UTs of the country except Punjab, Himachal and Chandigarh (HP and Chandigarh follow Punjab in matters related to pay scales). With regard to pensions, the implementation of pension and bonus system for teachers working in Auxiliary and Affiliate Colleges has been reported in all major states of India except Punjab. The matter hangs in the balance despite the required law being passed in the Assembly in 1999 and Cabinet approval in 2001.

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