Pradeep Singh

At a time when the Central government employees are still having their fingers crossed over further hike in the minimum pay as against the recommendation of the 7th Pay commission, the Haryana government has decided to increase salary of its serving guest teachers by up to 25 per cent.

The northern Indian State has reportedly decided to increase the said teachers’ salary twice a year- likely to be in January and July taking into account the cost of living index, PTI quoted an official spokesman as saying.

The guest teachers, who are currently serving as JBT/Drawing teacher, master or school lecturer, will now get Rs 26,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 36,000, respectively with effect from July 1, 2018, the official said.

It is worth mentioning that the Haryana government had effected a 14.52 per cent increase in the teachers’ monthly salary from January 1, 2017 and it was raised to Rs 21,715 for JBT/Drawing teachers, Rs 24,001 for master and Rs 29,715 for school lecturers.

"Today, taking a significant decision in the interest of thousands of working guest teachers, the chief minister has decided to increase their salary to Rs 26,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 36,000, respectively. The next hike will be effective from January 1, 2019," the news agency further quoted the official.

Meanwhile, the demand of the Central government employee to increase the minimum pay is yet to be materialized. The CG employees have been demanding increase in the pay up to Rs 26,000 from the present Rs 18,000 stating the present hike failed to have any positive impact on their financial position.

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Even though there is no confirmation from the concerned ministry of the Modi government, it is believed that the NDA government will come up with good news for the lakhs of employess ahead of the 2019 elections.

Besides, expectations are high among the employees as some media reports are hopeful of some development (announcement by PM Modi) in this regard on August 15.