In what could be a big relief for the agitating contractual teachers who had threatened to go on a massive strike over demands of 7th Pay Commission benefits, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has come up with a big announcement for around 3.5 lakh such contractual teachers.
If reports are anything to go by, these teachers are entitled to availing wage hike post implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. "A few people are spreading rumours that the contractual teachers are not entitled to hike. This is completely wrong. They will get benefits under the Pay Commission," Nitish was quoted as saying by india.com.
The announcement was made by the Chief Minister in Begusarai during his Nischay Yatra, a day before the Teachers' Day.
The CM further stated that the government is inclined towards the pay hike demands but the protesting teachers should not back out from performing their sole duty which is to teach the students in a responsible manner.
It is pertinent to mention here that most of these contractual teachers were recruited between 2006 and 2016 and since long they have been demanding a pay hike.
“I respect the teachers and have always stood by them. We don't believe in llip service. On this Teachers' Day, I assure that we will do something in the future as well," the CM said.
The Nitish-led government had made large-scale recruitment of recruitment of teachers after coming to power. “We did so with a fixed pay of Rs 4000-7000, but later increased it and in 2015 put the teachers on a pay-scale. In 2017, we further announced 7th Pay Commission benefits. Still, if I have to face criticism, I think we need to take massive strides towards fulfilling the demands,” reported india.com quoting the CM as saying.