Friday, October 17, 2008

University teachers may get fatter pay packets

University teachers are likely to get fatter pay packets soon with the HRD Ministry expected to take a final view on the UGC Pay Review Committee recommendations by the end of this week. "A deadline has been fixed by the Ministry to complete the whole process by October before the proposal is sent to the Cabinet for approval," a senior ministry official told the news agency on Wednesday.He said next week, the cabinet note is expected to be ready and it will be sent to Health, Finance and Agriculture ministries for their views as certain institutions come under these.To expedite the new pay package, senior ministry officials have held intense discussions on the issue during the past two days.The UGC had sent the report of the G K Chadha Committee which recommended over 70 per cent hike in the salary structure of university teachers.Allaying fears that implementation of new pay scales could amount to violation of the Model Code of Conduct which has come into force in five poll-bound states, the official said a similar situation had cropped up during 2006 when the superannuation age of central university teachers was raised though Uttar Pradesh was in election mode."Moreover, this in not a new announcement. It is just the completion of the process of pay revision initiated long time back," he said.

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