Move to regularize contract lecturers’ jobs

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education Kadiyam Srihari informed the Legislative Council on Tuesday that the State government was taking steps to regularize services of contract lecturers in the State.

“Regularization process was kept pending because OU students approached the court on this issue,” the minister said, adding that in spite of this, the government would begin this process after obtaining permission from the court. He said the monthly salary of contract lecturers has been increased to Rs 27,000 from Rs 18,000 and similarly the salary of those lecturers working in degree colleges raised to Rs 31,000 from Rs 20,000.

Srihari said the State government had information that eight fake educational institutions were functioning and the government was taking action against them.

CPI’s demand

Meanwhile, in a note, CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy has demanded the State government to regularize contract lecturers’ services in universities and give them equal salaries for equal work following the Supreme Court orders.

There were 1600 contract lecturers in the universities across the State, he said and reminded the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s assurance given in the election manifesto that the State government would regularize the contract lecturers’ services. The TRS government has failed to fulfill its promise  though it has come to power two and half years ago.

Chada said that some of the contract lecturers have been doing their jobs for the last 20 years and some of them are nearing their retirement without regularization. They are also suffering from financial problems with meager salaries. The salaries of the university contract lecturers were less than that of junior colleges contract lecturers though they were working as much as the permanent staff. It was high time to regularize the services of the universities contract lecturers, Chada added. –NSS

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