Contract college teachers wear black badges to protest pay disparity in Himachal

 A huge pay disparity between regular and contract college teachers forced HP Government Colleges Contract Teachers Association (HPGCCTA) to protest the Teacher Day by wearing black badges.

The teachers today said successive state governments had failed to formulate any policy for the betterment of college contract teachers.

Harsh Vardhan Singh Khimta, president HPGCCTA  said that there were nearly 500 such college teachers with assistant professors ranks who were employed on contract basis and were part of the organization.

All these teachers were recruited on contract as class-I gazetted rank through HP Public Service Commission in 2009-10.

“The contract employees are deprived of financial and non-financial benefits  by state government,” said Khimta.

Regular assistant professors have also appointed with same educational qualification but there was huge disparity in financial benefits, he added.

Contract teachers were denied dearness allowance, medical, house rent, hill compensatory allowance and other benefits, he said.

The association has seeks regularization policy for contract teachers,  said Khimta and pointed out that University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines for contractual appointments mandate that not more than 10% teachers in higher education should be on contract basis.

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