BUDGAM: Lecturers and teaching assistants working on contractual basis at Government Degree College Beerwah have been without salaries for past four months.
Around 40 contractual staffers, most of whom have been engaged under pool fund by the Higher Education department for the academic year 2019-20 are facing inconvenience due to delay in their salaries.
“We have been doing twice the work done by our counterparts, yet we are being marginalized by the department,” a lecturer wishing not to be named said.
He said that their salary is released from the central pool fund by the department”.
“Although the pool funds are not sufficient for the salaries of lecturers, rather, it is the responsibility of concerned department to release additional funds,” he added.
Another teacher said the Higher Education department “took an amount 10 lakh from pool fund this year promising to release salaries of temporary staff on time”. However, he added, the promise was not fulfilled.
“Some of our colleagues come from south and north Kashmir on daily basis,” he said.
“How can an employee reach duty after travelling a hundred kilometer everyday without a single penny in pocket?” another teacher remarked. “Isn’t this a nightmare?”
The teachers said that they approached concerned authorities several times, but without any reprieve.
They rued that if their problem was not solved on priority they would have to go on an agitation.
Director Colleges Kashmir, Dr Yasir Shah told Kashmir Reader that the in-charge principal of the college lacked drawing and disbursing powers, which would be relegated to him on Monday.
“Once he takes charge with full powers, the issue of lecturers will be redressed within three to four days and the salaries would be also released,” Shah added.