New Delhi, November 06: This time New Year brings a piece good news for all teachers of state-aided colleges and universities in West Bengal as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced to implement the revised UGC pay scale for them from January 1 next year.
“The state government has now decided to implement the revised UGC pay scale for all state-aided colleges and universities from January 1, 2020,” Mamata Banerjee said at an event.
Saying that the implementation of the revised pay scale, as per the seventh Central Pay Commission, will cost the government an additional Rs 1,000 crore, Mamata said the teachers will also get an increment of 3 per cent on their respective salaries for four years from 2016-19.
“We need to mobilise the amount. But we don’t take back our promises,” the chief minister said.
While announcing a Rs 5,000 hike for part-time teachers of state-aided colleges and universities, the CM said the teacher’s services will continue till 60 years of age as an effort to grant them job security.
“Despite the Centre and the state having different salary structure, we pledge to give you (teachers and government employees) whatever we can. Have faith on us,” she said.
Urging the teachers to accept the pay scale, she said, “Very few states have implemented the revised UGC pay scale. But we have done it.”
She also stated that West Bengal had to repay a debt of Rs 50,000 to the Centre, but was not found wanting when it came to paying back the ‘architects of our nation – our teachers, despite our limited resources.
“We can’t stop any project from Kanyashree to Sabujsathi. We have to continue with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. We cannot act like the Centre, by making tall promises before elections and then forgetting to implement the same,” she added.
Asking college teachers to ensure that events involving students do take place regularly, Mamata urged the teachers and students to maintain cordial ties in education institutes.
“We will ensure that you can work peacefully. I also urge the students to respect your teachers. I am telling the teachers, the government is on your side. We also expect the teachers and students to maintain cordial ties,” she said.