The Telegraph
Friday, October 20, 2017

Hike for professors, Delhi cuts state slice

New Delhi, Oct. 11: The Union cabinet today approved the Seventh Pay Commission package for teachers in central higher education institutes but cut the Centre's share for those run by state governments.

The pay of faculty members in central universities, colleges, IITs, IIMs, NITs, IISERs and IIITs is expected to go up in the range of 22 to 28 per cent.

The raise will be with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016. A notification will be issued on the exact scales. (Indicative rates in chart)

For institutes run by state governments, the Centre will bear 50 per cent of the additional burden for the first 51 months. Ten years ago, when the previous pay panel recommendations were implemented, the Centre had borne 80 per cent of the additional expenditure in the states. After the initial 51 months, the states will bear the entire cost.

The decision by the Union cabinet came a day after teachers at some of the IITs held a protest to press for a raise reflecting the pay panel recommendations.

The teachers will be eligible for additional dearness allowance as declared by the government over the revised pay. A decision will soon be taken for revising the package for non-teaching staff in the central institutes.

If all states implement the new package, nearly 7.58 lakh teachers will benefit.

However, the All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations, which represents six lakh state government-run college and university teachers, expressed doubts whether all states would implement the revised package.

Many funds-starved states may not implement the package, AIFUCTO general secretary Arun Kumar said. "We will ask the Centre to bear 100 per cent additional cost or not less than 80 per cent," Kumar said.

But HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said: "Under the 14th Finance Commission, the state governments have been provided additional funding. That is why the central share has gone down. They can implement it."

As of now, the additional annual central liability will be around Rs 9,800 crore, including Rs 8,400 crore to the states.

Javadekar said a requirement asking autonomous institutions under the Centre to generate 30 per cent of the funds they need would be relaxed for salary.

"For salary, the institutes will not be required to generate the 30 per cent of the additional cost. The government will bear the entire amount. But as a matter of principle, they have to generate more funds to become self-sufficient," he said.

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