Teachers and non-teaching staff of Patna University have vowed to go on mass casual leave on Saturday demanding implementation of seventh pay commission scale despite vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh appealing to them to not go ahead with the agitation.
Around 300 teachers and an equal number of non-teaching employees will go on mass casual leave. “For past six months we have been hearing assurance from the state government of implementation of the seventh pay package for teachers and non-teaching employee, but till date no decision has been taken,” said Randhir Kumar Singh, president, Patna University Teachers Association. “The state government is giving seventh pay package to its employee than what is affecting them from giving seventh pay package to teachers too” he added.
On Wednesday, vice-chancellor Singh had convened a meeting of representatives at his residence of teaching and non-teaching employees and urged them to cancel their call of going on mass casual leave.
Sources said that the vice-chancellor asked the delegation to cancel their mass casual leave call. He had pointed out that chief minister Nitish Kumar during the inaugural ceremony of Patliputra University had announced that university teachers and non-teaching staff will get seventh pay commission package.
The state government is looking into their demands but the teachers should be concerned about teaching. August is the month when the syllabus is in middle and both students and teachers need to concentrate on teaching. But the mass casual leave of teachers will hamper the studies and that will eventually affect the exams and the semester.
There are many more ways of protest. Mass leave will not only show their anger to the government but will also make the students and their studies suffer. Education department sources said that the seventh pay commission recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016, and the commission has suggested a 23.55 percent hike in the pay and allowances.