PCCTU demands homework, threatens to protest: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Patiala, May 5
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to launch a protest for its demands for homework during the surge in Covid cases in the state.
The union claims to have been coldly ruthless despite repeated requests to the higher education department.
PCCTU president Vinay Sofat said the union raised its demand with the higher education secretary’s office, but the case was referred to the home affairs department instead. “It was while GNDU, Amritsar, allowed their teachers to work from home after consulting with the secretary of higher education.” He said Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa also assured them of permission to work from home.
The teachers’ union also demanded that the monthly college grants be paid. He said: “The salaries of more than 2,000 teachers and 1,500 non-teaching civil servants from 136 assisted colleges were not credited after February.”
Higher Education Secretary VK Meena said: “They have raised their demands with our office. We have prepared a proposal and sent it to the Home Office. The Chief Minister’s office will take a decision.” He said the GNDU is an autonomous body that can make its own decisions.
Responding to the question of salaries, Director of Public Instruction (Colleges) Paramjit Singh said the grants had not been disbursed due to changes in budget allocation. “In addition, some colleges did not submit certificates of use of grants from last year, which is mandatory. Now we have decided to block the granting of these colleges and will be disbursing the grants from the other colleges within a week. “
Teachers said they would wear black badges on May 5 and 6 in protest for work from home orders. “If no response comes, the unrest will intensify,” they threatened.