Berhampur, Dec 24 (LocalWire) The All Odisha Non-Government College Teachers and Employees Association (AONGCTEA) urged the government for increase retirement age of college teachers from 60 to 62 years and to implement the Seventh Pay Commission from January 1, at par with other government employees.
The association raised its demands at its one-day annual conference held here on Sunday.
The superannuation age of the college teachers was 60 years, while it was 58 for other government employees.
“The government enhanced the retirement age of other government employees by two years from 2014. It should be increased in same proportion in case of the college teachers as well,” said AONGCTEA’s general secretary Chitta Mohapatra.
He demanded the Seventh Pay Commission should be implemented for the teachers and employees of Odisha colleges from January 1 like other government employees.
The government was implemented it from October 2017 for college employees. As a result, they are losing an increased salary of 21 months.
“We demand the government to pay the increased salary from January 1, 2016,” he added.
The association also demanded promotion of lecturers to readers at 18 years of services, instead of existing 27 years, abolition of block grant-system and to pay full grants to the block grant colleges and promotion of the non-teaching staff of colleges.
Mohapatra said around 18,000 teaching and non-teaching staff of non-government colleges across the state have drawn attention of the government from time to again. “But the government did not listen to their demands,” he said.
Odisha food and consumer welfare, cooperative minister SN Patro and former higher education minister and MLA (Gopalpur) Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy, who attended as the guests in the conference, assured to talk with the concerned minister Ananta Das about the demands of the association and try to fulfill them.
State university teachers had recently agitated demanding increase of their retirement age from 60 to 65 years like their central university counterparts.