Over six thousand Vidya Upasaks in the state are sore over government apathy. They allege that they were getting salaries less than the minimum wage paid to the daily wager labours in the state. Vidya Uasak were recruited by the previous BJP government of the state headed by Mr. Pream Kumar Dhumal about five years back. At that time the monthly salary was fixed at rupees two thousand per month and they were engaged to teach primary classes in place of JBT teachers. For the past five years state government has not increased their pay nor any policy has been drafted to regularize their services just like other teachers engaged earlier under different designations to teach primary classes in the state.
In the state even daily wager labours were getting rupees 75/- per day while Vidya upasak were being paid less than rupees 67/- per day.
State government had put the services of the Vidya Upasak under the Panchyats in the state. This was another matter of concern for these teachers. They had demanded that their services may be placed under the education department like other teachers as all their activities are planned and controlled by the education department alone.
They demand that government should follow the principal of equal pay for equal work despite creating several categories within the teachers teaching primary classes.