In a boon for teachers in Punjab on Teachers’ Day, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced on Monday that his government will implement the University Grants Commission’s seventh pay scales in colleges and universities from 1 October, while the cabinet approved a policy to regularize ad hoc, contract, and temporary teacher services statewide.
Making the announcement at Anandpur Sahib, the CM said, “The 7th University Grants Commission (UGC) Remuneration Commission will be implemented in all colleges and universities in Punjab from 1 October 2022.”
Touching a chord with teachers, Mann said he was a teacher’s son and was well aware of the issues they faced.
The implementation of the UGC 7th Remuneration Commission has been a long-standing demand of teachers in colleges and universities in Punjab. Mann further said that to address the shortage of teachers, approval has been given to hire visiting professors in all government colleges in the state, adding that a notification in this regard will be issued soon. He also announced a salary increase for visiting professors who have been teaching at colleges for 18 to 20 years.
Calling the teachers the “architects of the nation”, the CM expressed the hope that they will continue to serve the students with missionary zeal to make Punjab a forerunner state in the country.
Regularization policy for the benefit of more than 9,000 employees
Earlier in the day, the cabinet approved a policy to regularize ad hoc, contract and temporary teacher services for the benefit of more than 9,000 state government employees.
Disclosure of details, a spokesman for the chief minister’s office said that previously various appointments to ‘group C’ and ‘group D’ level posts in the government had been made on a contract or temporary basis. “Some of these employees have now put more than 10 years and given the first years of their lives in the service of the state. The firm felt that at this stage, relieving these employees would be unjustified,” he added.
“The state government has made a political decision to continue the services of teachers, who meet the eligibility requirements, until the age of 58 by placing them in a special setting. This policy, which will benefit more than 9,000 employees, has only been framed in relation to Group C and Group D positions in the State Department,” added the spokesperson.
For regularization of services, an employee must have worked on an ad hoc, contract or temporary basis for a continuous period of at least ten years until the publication of this policy and must have possessed the required qualifications and experience. for the position in terms of rules, if any, at the time of placement in the special framework.
The candidate’s work and conduct must have remained satisfactory as assessed by the department/employer during the 10-year period of service.
However, the policy will not apply to a person who has been hired on an honorary or part-time basis or who has reached retirement age or who has resigned on his own initiative or who has not been retained by the department or who has been engaged on an outsourced basis or on an incentive engagement basis or does not possess the qualifications and experience required for the position prescribed by the rules of service, if any, at the time of placement in the special cadre or had been engaged or continued in service as an arrangement of interim orders.
For the purposes of granting continuation to such employees, they will be placed in a position, which shall not be a management position, by creating a special framework of positions. They will be treated as a new appointee.