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Non-teaching staff of varsities to go on strike

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Demand that UGC pay scales, service rules be made applicable to them

GULBARGA: Non-teaching staff working in different universities in the country will go on a one-day strike on August 20 to demand that University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scales and service rules be made applicable to them.

Secretary-general of the All-India University Employees’ Confederation M.B. Sajjan told presspersons here on Wednesday that at present non-teaching staff were being meted out second-grade treatment and the UGC pay scales did not apply to them.

Whenever the Central Pay Commission submits a report and the Union Government accepts and implements it, the UGC appoints a UGC Pay Review Committee to fix the salary of university teaching staff. However, during this review, the non-teaching staff are left out since their salaries are paid by the respective State governments, he said.

On a par with teachers

Since the non-teaching staff are like the teachers in universities, they should be treated on a par with the teachers in all matters, including pay scales and service rules.

Mr. Sajjan said that when a delegation of the confederation met Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh in December in New Delhi, the Minister expressed his surprise that the non-teaching staff were not treated as university staff. Mr. Singh had assured the delegation that he would undo the injustice. However, so far no remedial action had been taken by the Human Resource Ministry.

He said another delegation of the confederation met UGC Chairman Sukhdeo Thorat in April and presented a memorandum in this regard. Dr. Thorat also expressed his sympathies with the non-teaching staff and promised to take up the issue with the Ministry, but no concrete measures had been taken so far.

This had forced the non-teaching staff of the universities in the country to resort to the strike.

According to the information available, the non-teaching staff of 183 universities in the country had issued strike notices to the respective universities, he said.

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