College contractual teachers protest for regularisation

Nouman Shah
SRINAGAR: Contractual lecturers and teaching assistant working in the government degree colleges in Kashmir Valley protested on Monday to demand their inclusion in the policy for regularisation of contractual employees.
Scores of lecturers and teaching assistants from across the Valley gathered at the Press Enclave here under the banner of College Contractual Teachers Association [CCTA] to stage the protest.
They said the government framed a policy for regularisation of the contractual employees in various departments but excluded them from it.
“It is step-motherly approach of the government,” a protester said. They said the government was taking no initiative for their regularisation despite them being the principal workforce in the 95 degree colleges in the state.
“The government should form a roadmap for our regularisation like it has done for contractual doctors and engineers,” another protester said.
Speaking to media after the protest, president CCTA, Aijaz Ahmad, said, “We have been devoting our services in the Higher Education department since 1997 despite being paid meager sums as salary. We have contributed in development of the quality and standards of higher education. Yet, we are being neglected.”
“We have been named as academic arrangement lecturers by the government with a motive  to exclude us from the provisions of J&K Special Services Act of  2010, which grants regularisation of services of adhoc, contractual, and consolidated employees  after the completion of seven years of their service,” he added.
He said the Higher Education department had in 2014 recommended necessary amendment in SPA-2010 to extend its benefits to the academic arrangement teachers.
“However, nothing has been done so far. Our services are being neglected, and our career is being put at stake. We are facing discrimination and job insecurity,” the president said. A female teacher who was a part of the protest said many of them have crossed the age limit for employment in the government sector.
“If we are not regularised, where will we go,” she asked.
Pertinent to mention the issue with this regard to the remuneration as well as regularization of contractual teachers was agitated by some candidates in court by the way of filling various writ petitions.