Kashmiri migrant teachers meet Sonia with grievances
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 20:58
  
New Delhi: Peeved at Delhi Government not regularising their services, a group of Kashmiri migrant teachers on Tuesday approached UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi requesting her to intervene in the issue.

Around 300 Kashmiri migrant teachers, working in various Delhi Government schools on contractual basis for the last 20 years, have been demanding regularisation of their services and salary on a par with regular teachers.

A group of the teachers' representatives along with officials of S K Foundation, which has been fighting for the teachers' cause, requested Gandhi to impress upon Delhi Government to concede their demands.

The Kashmiri Pandit teachers on contract currently draw monthly salary in the range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 13,000 against the pay package of Rs 32,000 to Rs 40,000 for regular teachers.

Although the city government last month had decided to increase the contract period of Pandit teachers from current three years to five years, their representatives demanded regularisation of their services and rejected the enhanced pay package seeking salary on a par with regular teachers.

The government had decided to increase the salary of PGT teachers from monthly Rs 13,160 to Rs 26,318 and for TGT teachers it was hiked from Rs 11,140 to Rs 24,853.

"We have requested Gandhi to look into our grievances," said Sunil Shakdher, chairman of S K Foundation.

The migrant Pandit teachers have been working in various Delhi Government schools for the last 20 years and their contracts are being renewed after every three years.

Earlier, the government had said the teachers have to clear a written test and government would provide age relaxation to them for regularising their services.

The S K Foundation had written to Gandhi in September last year also following which she had asked the Delhi Government to look into the issue.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 20:58


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