By Insha Latief SRINAGAR: The government has turned down proposal to increase the monthly remuneration of contractual lecturers hired every year to teach plus two level students in the higher secondary schools across Jammu and Kashmir. Around 375 candidates from Srinagar district have applied for appointment as contractual lecturers in senior secondary schools. The vacancies for teaching plus-two classes are required to be filled by candidates with postgraduate degrees in relevant subjects but candidates with higher qualifications, M Phil and Ph D have also applied. The candidates are supposed to go through screening test before their final appointment. The advertisement was issued by the director of school education on February 2, 2017. The notification says that the contractual lecturers would be paid a monthly remuneration of Rs 7,000 till the period their services were required. However, the officials at the directorate admit that the fixed remuneration is not sufficient for hiring postgraduate candidates. Sources said the DSEK has sent a proposal to the government in February 2016 mentioning that salary against the post should be increased. “It was proposed that candidates posted in Ladakh must be paid Rs 25,000 while those serving in hilly areas must be given Rs 20,000 per month. The candidates posted in towns should be paid Rs 15,000,” said an official privy with the contents of the proposal. However, the government on December 27, 2016 declined the proposal citing paucity of funds available to the government. The DSEK spokesman GN Shakir told Kashmir Reader that the objective of the directorate was to hire better teachers for +2 students. “The education department has nothing to do with the salary fixation. It is the job of the government to fix the salaries for these posts,” he said.