SRINAGAR: Contractual lecturers working in different degree colleges of Srinagar are up in arms against the authorities for not implementing their pay hike ordered by the government.
A delegation of contractual lecturers teaching in different city colleges told Kashmir Reader that the principals of their respective colleges refuse to implement the government order hiking their salary.
“In January 2014 the government issued an order hiking our salary from Rs 15 to 18 thousand. But the principals of the four major colleges of the city don’t give a damn about the order. They refuse to release our salaries as per the hike,” the delegation said.
“The principals of almost all the colleges located outside Srinagar implemented the order without any delay. They have been releasing the salaries to the contractual lecturers posted in their respective colleges as per the hike. But we fail to understand why the authorities of city colleges like SP College, Amar Singh College, Women’s College and Degree College Bemina refuse to implement the order,” they said.
They said when they approach the principals concerned “they tell us to get clarification from the Commissioner Secretary.”
“The principals tell us that the hike of Rs 3000 rupees is for those only who have more than one year experience. Even if they are right, majority of the contractual lecturers working in the colleges have more than three year experience,” said a contractual lecturer wishing anonymity.
He alleged that the college authorities were employing delaying tactics to deny them the hike.
“Since our contract ends in February, they want to buy the time so that they can grab this amount as the financial year would be ending in March,” said another lecturer.
Director Colleges, Tariq Ahmad Kawoosa, supported the lecturers’ argument and said the principals have no justification to deny the contractual lecturers what is due to them.
“I will talk to the principals of all these colleges and ensure that the contractual lecturers get the salaries as per the hike. These lecturers can meet me personally,” Kawoosa told Kashmir Reader.