Jorhat, Feb. 22: Dispur has asked the principals of provincialised colleges to give holidays to non-teaching staff on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month on a rotational basis.
The director of higher education, P. Jidung, in a letter to all colleges last week conveyed the directive issued by the commissioner and secretary of the department H.K. Sarmah.
Sarmah had stated that after the enactment of the Assam College Employees (Provincialisation) Act, 2005 and the Assam College Employees (Provincialisation Rules, 2010), services of teaching and non-teaching staff of provincialised colleges was under government control. He said the employees of provincialised colleges were now entitled to service benefits on a par with similar category of government employees.
The education department’s move comes after the state government provincialised colleges eight years ago, enabling non-teaching staff of the institutions to avail of benefits enjoyed by state government employees. There are 189 provincialised colleges and five government colleges in Assam.
The decision is the culmination of a long-pending demand made by the All Assam College Employees’ Association in 2012 to allow non-teaching staff of provincialised colleges to take holidays on two Saturdays of every month.
The directive said the government treated the educational institutes as “vacation department”, as the employees let them avail summer vacation of 30 days. However, Sarmah said, the non-teaching staff in provincialised colleges had to attend office during the 30-day period.
Hence, the government would like to let avail of holidays on two Saturdays of a month on a rotational basis under a schedule to be prepared by the respective college principals. The association’s secretary, Moni Kalita, told this correspondent from Golaghat that the government’s decision was a positive one “though it was bit late”.