MFCUTO to stage 'Jail Bharo Andolan' on September 4

The Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO) wants the state government to include contractual teachers in government service and to give the benefits of seventh-pay commission

MFCUTO to stage 'Jail Bharo Andolan' on September 4

The Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO) has alleged that nearly 75,000 seats for aided college teachers are lying vacant in universities and colleges in Maharashtra. Also, according to the organisation, the state is in need of 1.5 lakh regular teachers but, only 50 per cent of the quota is full and the remaining seats are either vacant or teachers work on clock hour basis.

To protest against the same, MFUCTO will be organising a Jail Bharo Andolan (movement) on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Mumbai University’s Fort Campus where nearly 10,000 teachers are believed to be participating.

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In 2015, the state government carried out a partial ban on the teachers’ recruitment and in 2017, the state declared a complete ban on the same. Post-ban, various colleges stopped recruiting permanent teachers and started appointing teachers on a contractual or clock hour basis. These teachers do not get any government holidays or pension. Also, these teachers get a salary between ₹6,000 and ₹18,000 per month or ₹300 per hour. Apart from this, one teacher is made to set a question paper for 120-130 students.

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Unless and until the Supreme Court passes the verdict of equal work and equal pay, contractual teachers must be included in government services, demanded MFUCTO organisation. Other than this, the organisation has demanded that contractual teachers should receive a salary for 71 days, and librarians and physical training teachers should be given the benefits of seventh-pay commission. 

In Maharashtra, lakhs of students who are NET/SET pass outs, are working on a contractual basis with a meagre salary of ₹10,000 to ₹20,000. As per UGC norms, there should be one teacher for 20 students i.e., the teacher-student ratio should be 1:20. But the same is not followed, hence we decided to stage a Jail Bharo Andolan on September 4. If our demands are not met, then we will carry out a one-day strike on September 11,” Dr. Tapati Mukhopadhyay, president of MFUCTO.

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