Contractual lectures protest in Srinagar, demand continuation of services

Contractual lectures protest in Srinagar, demand continuation of services

Srinagar: Contractual lectures from Kashmir Monday staged a protest demonstration here demanding continuation of their services.
Scores of 10+2 contractual lectures from various districts of Kashmir valley assembled here at Press Enclave, holding placards and banners reading slogans like “We gave our peak when others were busy with their studies,” “Do away with use and throw policy,” “one demand one solution regularisation regularisation,” “Continuation of our services,” Stop exploitation” and ” We want Justice”.
“We are protesting here to raise voice against the discrimination which we are facing in the Education department,” Mohammed Amin, one of the protestors said.
“Most of the lecturers who are serving in the Education department have completed seven years and some of them that they have crossed the age limit and others are on the verge of crossing,” Amin said.
“The process for regularisation of our services is going on from many years but we are still waiting for the order” he added.
He said that they had been assured by the Governor Satya Paul Malik that a decision on their regularisation would be taken after expiry of Model Code of Conduct, “but we are still waiting for the orders”.
President of the lectures union, Gurjeet Singh said contractual lecturers play important role in uplifting Education system in the state.
“In 2003 a policy was framed by the government , in which it is clearly mentioned that the lecturers appointed on academic arrangements against this order will be regularised after three years,” Singh said
“In the same year the term academic arrangement was changed to contractual by order 1584-Edu of 2003 in which it is mentioned that all such arrangements will be on contractual basis in future,” he said.
Singh also said that in 2009, GAD has issued an order in which it is mentioned that the persons appointed on contractual basis are continued till further orders through order No 1328-GAD of 2003.
Tariq Banday, one of the protesting lecture from Kupwara said: “We are working in the education department and have qualified the written examination conducted by the department three times, but every year the department re-conducts the examination which leads to mental torture.”
He said they were continued by the SAC decision 84/8/2019 dated 8th March 2019 in which it is mentioned that the services of the contractual lecturers are continued up to 30-06-2019.
“But the department issued written examination notice some days earlier and due to our protest it was postponed,” Banday said.
The protesting lecturers said that they don’t have any problem with the exams, “but some of them are not ready to face the screening test again fearing they may not qualify it again.”