7th Pay Commission: Doldrums between ‘Unjustified Hike’ and ‘False Impression’

New Delhi: Confusion is running high over the allegations of unjustified fee hike by the private schools and its relation with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for the teachers.

While the Delhi government has made it clear that “unjustified fee hike” by some private schools was not related to the implementation of the seventh Pay Commission recommendations for the teachers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia came forward and alleged that attempts are being made to create a “false impression” by vested interests that the AAP government is against the implementation of the Commission’s recommendation, which is “completely baseless”.

The new ran high after the Delhi High Court stayed the interim hike in fees by private unaided schools in the city till April 8.

“Unjustified fee hike by some private schools has nothing to do with the implementation of the seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations for the teachers working in private schools,” PTI quoted Sisodia.

“There are 325 private schools situated in the government land allotted by the DDA. Out of these, 260 schools had applied for fees hike, but 32 schools withdrew their applications. During audit of accounts, it was found that nearly 150 schools had sufficient surplus to implement seventh Pay Commission and were therefore denied permission to hike the fees. Rest of the applications are under the process,” he added.

Sisodia further said that his government is against “extortion” from the parents by the private schools in the name of fees, he said.

On the other hand, the Central government employees are yet to get a hike in minimum pay as per their demand. They have been demanding a hike in the fitment factor and increase the present basic pay of Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000.

With PTI Inputs