Teachers and staff of the 488 Category Aided colleges have threatened to go on strike during monsoon session of the Assembly from August 21 once again over their demands for correcting the pay anomalies by abolishing the block grant system and making provision for full grant-in-aid to all.
The large scale discrimination in the salaries of lecturers and employees of the colleges has not only led to resentment among the affected teachers and staff but also impacted teaching in the institutions.
Some lecturers are receiving UGC scale of pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.10 lakh while others are drawing State scale from Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000.
But the block grant lecturers are only paid a measly Rs 11,139 as salary even though they have completed uninterrupted services of 15 to 25 years.
Same is the case with non-teaching staff in the institutions, president of the 488 Category Aided College Block Grant Lectures and Employees Coordination Committee Radhashyam Pallai said.
The Committee alleged that the Government without taking steps to correct the pay anomalies has resorted to harsh action on the teachers whenever they have tried to put forth their demands.
The block grant teachers deserve a gross salary of Rs 42,000, secretary of the committee Atal Bihari Bal said.
The committee has decided to go for a strong movement and stage dharna and demonstration before the Assembly till the demand is fulfilled, Bal said.