Delhi University Teachers Protest Against 7th Pay Commission Recommendations; Observe 'Black Day'

Teachers of Delhi University observed 'Black Day' today to mark the beginning of their protest against the 'retrograde recommendations' of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

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Delhi University Teachers Protest Against 7th Pay Commission Recommendations; Observe 'Black Day'

Delhi University Teachers Protest Against 7th Pay Commission Recommendations


New Delhi:  Teachers of Delhi University observed 'Black Day' today to mark the beginning of their protest against the 'retrograde recommendations' of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). On October 11, following the implementation of recommendations of the CPC for Central Government employees, the Union Cabinet gave its approval for revision of pay scales for about 8 lakh teachers and other equivalent academic staff in higher educational institutions under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions. 

The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) had notified the revision details on November 2.

On the last teaching day of the semester, 15 November, teachers of the University wore black badges and held staff association meetings to protest the downgrading of teaching profession and continuous policy attack on public funded higher education aimed at its dismantling.  

"This pay revision through a mechanical conversion of the notionally higher entry pay and withdrawal of advance increments for MPhil/ PhD has negated the principle of higher entry pay - a principle that recognized that teaching profession requires higher qualification and late entry," said a statement from Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA).

The statement also said that the glaring anomalies of the last pay revision have not been addressed, resulting in downgrading of Assistant Professor at every level. 

"The pay revision has created a situation of compulsory stagnation for all senior teachers, including Associate Professors, Professors and Principals very soon, owing to an arbitrary ceiling in their respective levels in the Pay Matrix," is said.

DUTA said it considers delay in notifying the revised allowances a deliberate and insidious attempt to deny teachers their rightful entitlements.
 
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"Also it is shocking that the MHRD notification gives no reference to the revised pension benefits for teachers in accordance to the provisions of the 7th Pay Revision. This is again in sharp contrast to earlier pay revisions where the revised rates of pension, family pension and other pecuniary benefits were notified in the same notification of revised pay structures," it said.

It is, according to DUTA, also the first time that the report of the Pay Review Committee has not been made public.

The teacher's body said it will continue its protest and has called upon teachers to participate in large numbers in the Protest Rally from Mandi House to Parliament Street on Tuesday, 21 November 2017.

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