Lambasting the state govt. for turning a deaf ear to the repeated entreaties and representations of school and college lecturers, for redressal of their genuine grievances, Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Former Minister today warned a full scale agitation against BJP-PDP coalition for the exploitation of educated and other unemployed youth of the state. He said that with the fast swelling number of educated unemployed youth in the state, the govt. was exploiting the situation with the highly qualified youth being treated like bonded labourers. He said that under employment and unemployment problem was analogous to a simmering volcano which could explode any moment and cause irreparable damages. He said that the state govt. was utilizing the services of thousands of such youth who either remained unpaid for months together or were engaged for a pittance.
Supporting the cause of the college and school lecturers engaged on contract / academic arrangement basis and who included PhDs, M Phils, Double post graduates etc., he regretted that such highly qualified youth were being paid Rs. 7,000/- per month in Higher Secondary schools and Rs. 8,000/- in colleges which had not been revised for the last more than 10 years.
Lampooning the despicable apathy of the govt. towards their concerns, he said that their issues were being disregarded despite they 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 was grossly inadequate but also quantum of work assigned to them deserved as second thought and a review.
Seeking the indulgence of Chief Minister Mtr. Mehabooba Mufti, Singh advocated for increase in the honorarium of the contractual, academic arrangement lecturers who were being made to work for paltry honorarium of Rs. 7000/- in Higher secondary schools as against around Rs. 45,000/- 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 10-12 years since 2004. 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.