The announcement of ULB polls has come as a jolt for the block grant teachers under 488 and 662 category who have been demanding correction of anomalies in their salary.
They alleged that even as they have staged demonstrations over the issue several times, the Government is yet to take any step.
The State Election Commission (SEC) on Monday announced that the municipal polls in the State will be held on September 19. With the announcement of SEC, the model code of conduct has come into effect in 91 ULBs immediately.
“The authorities in the Higher Education Department had called us for a meeting a few days back and told us that our demand will be looked into in a few days. But with the code of conduct coming to force, the Government cannot do anything now,” said a teacher.
On the other hand, the agitating teachers have decided to go on strike during monsoon session of the Assembly from August 21 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 hampered teaching.
Some lecturers are receiving UGC scale of pay of Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.10 lakh while others are drawing State scale of Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000. But the block grant lecturers are paid a measly Rs 11,139 as salary even though they have completed uninterrupted service for 15 to 25 years. Same is the case with non-teaching staff in the institutions.
President of Cuttack district unit of 662 category block grant college association Ashok Parija said a meeting of the association’s district unit will be called on August 15 at Choudwar Women’s College to chalk out the course of action.