Srinagar, Feb 25: The contractual lecturers working in different colleges and universities across the valley have accused the state government of ignoring them.
Lecturers working in higher secondary institutions said that despite having good qualifications they were being paid meagre salaries. “Contractual lecturers have different issues. Meagre salaries and no job security are among the major problems,” said Sahabudin, President of Jammu and Kashmir College Contractual Lecturers Association.
“A pay band for the contractual lecturers is Rs 18,000 and 12,000: lecturers with Ph. D degree or Net/SET are paid Rs18,000 while the others get Rs12,000. Our salary is half of the salary of a contractual lectures working at Government Medical Colleges. They take Rs40,000 per month,” he said.
He also said that applying and re-applying every year was a “hectic process”.
“After applying each year, most of the times we are sent to new colleges.”
Another lecturer, Altaf Rashid, posted in Anantnag Degree College, said their salaries were not being paid monthly.
“Our salaries are released after six months, in an insulting manner. We also have families and other responsibilities. Every month, we have to pay for our children’s education. Pay after six months does not serve any purpose,” he said.
The lecturers said that the government was yet to decide the salary structure in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines.
“The Supreme Court of India has passed directions of ‘equal wage for equal work’, but the government is yet to decide about our salary improvement. The government must enhance our monthly salaries and address our issues,” said Adil Ahmad, a contractual lecturer.
The lecturers working in the Higher Education Department or in universities feel overburdened due to the extra work put on them by senior professors.
“I am overburdened with the work in my department. My professors give me extra work. I even have to manage their classes,” said a contractual lecturer in the Education Department at Kashmir University.
“Government recently came up with the proposal of regularising the services of more than 60,000 temporarily workers in different government departments. But no one is talking about us.”
Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Samoon, said the government was planning to enhance the salaries of college contractual lecturers.
“Basically, these contractual lecturers do not have NET or Ph. D degrees. Some of these lecturers are over aged now. They have not qualified the Public Service Commission (PSC) exams for the permanent posts. We have transferred one thousand posts to JKPSC. They should apply for such posts,” he said.
He said their salaries would be paid every month and on time.
“If they have any issue, they should contact me,” he said.
Unscheduled power cuts affect research in KU
Srinagar, Nov 05: Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of Kashmir.
“I am doing research on plant ecology and most of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.
Another research scholar in Kashmir University said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started displaying false readings”, he said.
An official in the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50 different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry, botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics, electronics and chemistry.
“The high definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official said.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.
“PDD has proposed to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said.
Spokesperson of Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon as possible,” he said.
Sources said Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply. Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs 4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.
CB produces charge sheet against Revenue officials involved in land fraud
Srinagar, Nov 05: According to a statement issued by the Crime Branch Kashmir here the other day, a charge sheet against Revenue officials of Thesil Phalgam involved in land fraud case has been filed.
The accused include then Patwari Laripora now Tehsildar Saller Phalgam, Ghulam Mohammad Itoo, Girdawar Abdul Gani Rather and Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Abdul Razak Sheikh, Ali Mohammad Sheikh and Sakeena.
The accused are involved in case registered under FIR No. 1o/2010 P/S Crime Branch, for commission of offences punishable under section 420, 468, 471, 120-B, 201 RPC read with 5 (2) PC Act. The case has been produced before the Court of Additional Special Judge Anti-Corruption Anantnag.
The statement reads that the case was registered in police station Crime Branch Kashmir on a written complaint received from Abdul Khaliq Sheikh and others from Frislan Phalgam.
The investigation conducted in to the matter has revealed that the officials of Revenue Department in league with the accused has attested mutation fraudulently in respect of land measuring six kanals and nine marlas situated at Estate Firslan Phalgam Anantnag.
During the course of investigation, it was established that the afore-said false and fabricated entry of mutation was attested in favour of the accused on the basis of oral gift when no such gift was made by the actual owner of the land.
The land was sold to Ajaz Ahamd Mir and Showkat Ahmad Shah from Srinagar and the real owners were deprived of the ownership.
JK High Court dismisses petition challenging detention
Srinagar, Nov 05: The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir today dismissed a petition challenging alleged restraints and house detention of Muzzaffar Shah, Begum Khalida Shah and Dr. Mustafa Kamal.
Justice Ali Mohammed Magray observed that the petition is not maintainable and is unnecessary after communication submitted by SSP Srinagar stated that petitioners have neither been put under house arrest at 10, Moulana Azad Road nor their liberty has been curbed.