Welfare scheme in offing for 55 lakh teachers

Nearly 55 lakh teachers from schools, colleges and universities across the country can hope for a number of welfare measures, including insurance cover and housing facility.

Last Updated: May 13, 2010, 22:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Nearly 55 lakh teachers from
schools, colleges and universities across the country can hope
for a number of welfare measures, including insurance cover
and housing facility.

The government is planning to launch a new scheme
National Foundation for Teachers` Welfare under which teachers
of nearly 1.3 million elementary schools, 20,000 colleges and
500 universities will be entitled for these benefits.

The proposed scheme will come for discussion at the
meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), the
highest advisory body having state education ministers as its
members, on June 18 and 19, a HRD Ministry official said.

The government has Central Government Health Scheme
which covers most of the central government employees.
However, the proposed scheme will provide insurance cover to
all teachers, including those appointed by the state
government.

The scheme also envisages provision of housing
facility to each teacher in the country. The teachers in
reputed and established schools, universities and colleges are
currently getting such benefits. However, teachers in rural
areas are not able to avail such benefits.

PTI