Ranchi: The state government on Friday said teachers will not be involved in clerical and non-academic work and promised that the Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) benefits for them will be implemented soon across the state.
Education secretary K Ravi Kumar assured the All Jharkhand Prathmik Sikshak Sangh on Friday that disparity in the pay scale will also be eliminated. In addition, the inter-district transfer rules will be widened.
Kumar, said, “Action has been initiated and providing teachers freedom from lifting midday meal rice is the first step. Under the ‘doorstep’ delivery initiative, the ration for the midday meal will be delivered to schools across the district beginning in the New Year. It is an effort to relieve teachers of non-teaching duties. Previously, the Sanchalan Samiti (Sanyojika) and teachers were responsible for collecting the quota of ration ‘rice’ from the block for use in the preparation of midday meals in schools. Moreover, the teachers will not be engaged in the work of issuing birth and death certificates. We will consider steps to relieve teachers from all kinds of non-academic work.”
At a meeting last Saturday, the education secretary had assured the teachers that their demands will be fulfilled. On November 19, over 10,000 primary teachers of Akhil Jharkhand Prathmik Sikshak Sangh had protested in front of Raj Bhavan in support of their demands. Their demand included the approval of the MACP benefits for teachers, resolution of discrepancy in the pay scale under the Sixth Pay Commission of teachers appointed before January 1, 2006 and fix the minimum salary of the recruited teachers at Rs 16,290. Additionally, they wanted teachers to be relieved from excessive clerical and non-academic work and an amendment in the inter-district transfer rules of teachers by incorporating the provisions.
Kumar said, “The provisions of MACP for teachers will be implemented by February or March. We will amend the inter-district transfer rules to provide teachers posted far away from their home district an opportunity to serve in their home district once.” Under the scheme of Revised Assured Career Upgradation, state government employees get financial increments on the completion of their 10, 20 and 30 years of service.





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