Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Education Minister lambasted the state govt. for giving raw deal to the issues of contractual lecturers of college and schools who have been seeking the redressal of their long pending demands and genuine grievances for the last several years. He said that contractual / academic arrangement lecturers in colleges and schools are playing a very significant role in the process of imparting education and in coping up with the acute deficiency of teaching staff in various educational institutes particularly in the remote area schools of the state. He said that not only their honorarium is grossly inadequate but also quantum of work assigned to them deserved as second thought and a review.
Seeking the indulgence of Chief Minister Mehabooba Mufti, Singh advocated for increase in the honorarium of the contractual, academic arrangement lecturers who are being made to work for paltry honorarium of Rs. 7000/- in Higher secondary schools as against Rs. 40,000/- being paid to a regular lecturer and demanded the emoluments to be enhanced to atleast Rs. 20,000/- as the existing rates had not been revised for the last 13 years since 2003. He said that several lecturers engaged on academic arrangement in hilly and remote areas had refused to join in view of negligible emoluments offered to them with the result that the majority of such schools had become defunct. He said that the highly apathetic approach of the govt. towards the plight of these highly educated youth had not only adversely affected academic activity in the state but it also constituted worst form of exploitation of educated youth besides violation of Human Rights. He further expressed grave concern over non availability of lectures in majority of the remote area higher secondary schools in view of petty emoluments offered resulting in day to day strikes by students and public in such areas.