Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organizations (PFUCTO), today, in a meeting hosted by Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) endorsed the call given by All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) for cease work on August 7 and fast by representatives at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on the same day. Meeting was chaired by President of the Federation Prof. H.S. Kingra.
In a joint statement president of the federation Prof H.S. Kingra and general secretary Dr. Jagwant Singh flayed Govt. of India for its failure to appoint a UGC pay review committee for university and college teachers despite the fact that Seventh Pay Commission, meant for central government employees has already completed two third of its work and Sh. Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister has indicated timely implementation of the seventh pay commission scales. They condemned the Government of India for its’ virtual refusal to have dialogue with All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organizations (AIFUCTO) which is the sole representative of teachers’ organizations of state universities and colleges and also the Federation of Central Universities Teachers Association (FEDCUTA).
Meeting also stated that appointment of Arun Nigvekar Committee on July 24, to review API and NET-Ph.D exemption under Regulations of 2009, will only delay the decision as the decision of Commission on both the issues on the basis the recommendations of anomalies committee of sixth pay commission is already with MHRD, Govt. of India. Dr. Jagwant Singh emphasized recommendations of the anomalies committee finalized after meetings over a year should be implemented without any further delay.
Meeting decided that while it will send representatives for hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, teachers will proceed on mass casual leave on August 7 and hold rallies at Chandigarh, Patiala, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bhatinda and Muktsar in which teachers working in universities, its regional centers, govt. colleges and non govt. colleges will participate.
Prof Rajat Sandhir, president PUTA said that venue of Chandigarh rally will be Punjab University.