GUWAHATI, July 27: Assam government on Friday announced salary revision of teachers of all higher education institutes as per University Grants Commission (UGC) scale with effect from April 1, 2016.
The announcement comes at a time when there have been reports of protests, suicide attempt etc. by the teachers of the provincialised schools across the state who have been working without any remuneration for more than a decade.
The salary revision will put an additional burden of up to Rs 650 crore on the state exchequer, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters here on Friday. “All the teachers salaries will be revised as per UGC scale with effect from April 1, 2016. The arrears will be paid in two installments with 50 per cent coming from the Centre.
While claiming that the BJP-led government fulfilled the promise made before 2016 assembly election, Sarma said, “By implementing the UGC revised pay scale, we have fulfilled the promises we made before 2016 Assembly election.”
“Around 8,800 teachers of the government degree colleges, provincialized colleges and universities of the state would be benefitted by the UGC revised pay scale with effect from April 1, 2016. The budget for the current year in this purpose is 166 crore. The arrear liability would be 476 crore,” Sarma said.
The minister also informed that the engineering colleges, medical colleges, polytechnic colleges, ayurvedic colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges and pharmaceutical institutions would also be included under the revised pay scale.
“The arrear liability for the teachers under directorate of technical education (DTE) would be 27 crore and 58 crore for the teachers under the directorate of medical education (DNE).”
The minister informed that around 1,800 teachers of the medical colleges and 1,000 teachers of the engineering colleges would also be benefited under the UGC revised pay scale.
As regards to the release of funds, Sarma said, “We are hoping to release the funds before Durga Puja festival.”