PATNA: Lakhs of contractual teachers in Bihar have threatened to proceed on indefinite strike and derail the academic system in the state in case the state government didn’t grant them salary at par with the regular teachers.
The threat comes in the light of recent Patna High Court’s order stating that teachers appointed on contractual basis were entitled for getting salary at par with the regular teachers appointed in government schools.
“We request the state government to implement the High Court order by January 31, 2018 failing which we will proceed on indefinite strike and chock the academic system,” warned the teachers organizations on Sunday.
A decision to go on indefinite strike was taken at a meeting of 22 various organizations of contractual teachers held on Sunday. The general secretaries of all the 22 teachers’ organizations took part in the meeting.
The strike is set to paralyse the academic system in the state as both the secondary and intermediate examinations are scheduled to start from February next year.
Last month in a landmark judgment, the Patna High Court today ruled that thousands of teachers appointed on contractual basis were entitled for getting salary at par with the regular teachers appointed in government schools.
A division bench comprising chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice Anil Kumar Pandey gave the judgment while hearing a bunch of petitions from contractual teachers.
The judgment has come as a huge relief to around 4 lakh teachers who were appointed on contractual basis by the Nitish Kumar government.
Initially, the contractual teachers were appointed on a monthly salary of Rs 5,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 9,000 but later the government had to regularize their services following strong protests from teachers.
Under pressures from the striking teachers, the state government later also announced that they were entitled for availing wage hike after implementation of 7th pay commission.