Pay pangs for CM mentors

Ranchi: Retired university teachers, including some who taught chief minister Raghubar Das, are running from pillar to post for pension dues locked in state coffers for at least seven years now.

President Babban Choubey of Federation of University Retired Teachers' Association of Jharkhand, who led a delegation to Raj Bhavan on Wednesday, said the pension arrears ranged between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh, and the number of victims was as high as 5,500 across the state.

"Retired varsity teachers got less money owing to delay in their pension adjustment in accordance with the sixth revised UGC pay scale. The pensions were revised in 2010 instead of 2006. Despite several directives from Raj Bhavan, the arrears haven't been cleared," Choubey said.

The list of affected teachers includes those who taught Das decades ago and are currently bedridden.

"Professor S.M. Majhi had taught our chief minister mathematics at Jamshedpur Co-operative College. He is being treated for cancer in Mumbai. The costs are draining his family's finances. He hasn't received Rs 2.5 lakh of his pension dues," Choubey maintained.

The federation president cited the example of yet another university teacher who is grappling with financial crunch, but hasn't received arrears to the tune of Rs 2.6 lakh. "Professor Manju Shil is bedridden with a broken leg. She taught our chief minister zoology at the same college. Both teachers are in dire need of money, but there is no one to help them," Choubey added.

Director of higher education Abu Imran said he would looked into the matter.

"I joined four months ago. A lot of things related to pay revision and clearing of arrears is being solved one by one. This matter too will be resolved under the regulatory framework," Imran said without committing on a deadline.

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