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Resentment at SKMU over arrears

Dumka, Sept. 6: The teaching community of SKM University is a disappointed lot, as the varsity administration has decided to release only 64 percent of their amount due against the arrears of the pay difference of the fifth UGC scale.

The information has sparked large-scale resentment among the varsity teachers who are still deprived of their subsequent sixth UGC pay scale due from January 2006.

Varsity sources said the state had allocated just Rs 7.46 crore against the actual requirement of over Rs 10 crore to be paid to the varsity administration for payment between January 1996 and March 2000.

Accusing the state human resource development (HRD) department of insufficient allocation of funds, an office bearer of the SKM university teachers’ association (SKMUTA) Navin Singh, said the state HRD had arbitrarily included the names of teachers appointed in the newly constituted colleges of Millat College, Parsa and SRT College, Dhamri for payment of arrears.

He alleged some of the names were not included in the claim submitted by the varsity administration.

A delegation of the SKMUTA also met the vice chancellor on Monday and demanded full payment of their arrears, failing which they threatened agitation.

Assistant registrar Rajkumar Jha told The Telegraph that the varsity administration was bound to implement the directives of the HRD department, which had specifically directed them to ensure payment of arrears to teachers belonging to the newly constituted colleges also.

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