Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas teaching, non-teaching staff on indefinite strike
MUMBAI: The teaching and non-teaching staff of over 590 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) in the country are on an indefinite strike since Wednesday. The employees are demanding pension benefits under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules,1972.
The striking teachers on Sunday boycotted supervision duty of the entrance exams for entry to the JNVs. There are 33 Navodaya schools in Maharashtra, with one school in every every rural district of the State. JNVs were started by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 under the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry.
JNV staffs to cease work from today
Imphal, February 13 2013: Raising their 20-point charter of demands which include introduction of a pension scheme for them, all the teaching staffs in 10 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas of the State have decided to launch an indefinite cease work strike from tomorrow.
Announcing this to mediapersons at Government Dance College, Palace Compound here today, L Gojen, President of All India Navodaya Vidyalaya Staffs Association, State Executive Committee, Manipur, pointed out that All India Navodaya Vidyalaya Staffs Association has already launched an agitation since February 6.
The agitation would be further escalated by launching an indefinite cease work strike by the teaching staffs in all the 10 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas of the State.
Gojen made it clear that the proposed indefinite cease work strike would not just confine to staying away from taking classes, but also to all other administrative works done by the staffs earlier and the authority of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and the Ministry of Human Resource & Development should be held responsible for any eventuality in this regard.
He further warned that all the non-teaching staffs of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in the State would also not be allowed to perform their duties during the course of the strike.
As a part of the agitation, a protest rally would be taken out on February 16 at Imphal and it would be followed by a public meeting, he informed.
Pointing out the main reasons behind launching the strike, Gojen explained that it is an agitation launched against the mal administration of the Government of India whereby the employees of the institution are made to work 24 hours a day, which is similar to the kind of punishment given to prisoner sentenced to rigorous imprisonment.
“The staffs of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya are being used by the authorities as bonded labourers for the last 20-30 years or more.
The human rights of the staffs are being violated and they are made to be socially boycotted even by their families”, he lamented.
Furthermore, Gojen informed that staffs of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas have been launchimg various forms of agitations for the last 9 years.
But instead of conceding to the demands, the concerned authority resorted to dismissal of the agitating staffs, which is very unfortunate.
As such the All India Navodaya Vidyalaya Staffs Association, State Executive Committee, Manipur, has decided to carry on with the protest until and unless the demands are fulfilled.
He also informed that the staffs are not allowed to use mobile phones or go out beyond 3 kms from the campus of JNV.
The staffs are not even allowed to own four wheelers.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, which are set up to impart quality education to talented under-privileged children in rural areas, have around 24,000 teachers and non-teaching staff.
And about 3 lakh children are studying in these schools.
The demands of All India Navodaya Vidyalaya Staffs Association include provision for CCS pension of the government of India to those staffs who joined Navodaya Vidyalaya before January 1, 2004; to provide 2.10% per cent special allowance to the non-teaching staffs; to award MACPS to teaching staffs; to appoint post-graduate teachers for Modern Indian Language; permanent posts for wardens and matrons; to have fix working hours for employees; to conduct regular annual exams for promotion of staff; teaching staffs be given earned leaves and vocational staffs should be given half-pay leaves; to honour court judgments; to provide free education to the children of deceased staffs, etc.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS:
- Govt. of India CCS Pension to all employees joined prior to 1.1.2004: we have brought to the notice of the Government of India the injustice done to the staff by denying them of the benefits the CCS pension. The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE has represented the matter to all important dignitaries in the present UPA government and it is time once again to vociferously voice our anguish at the injustice.
- 10% Special Allowance to Non-Teaching staff: The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE decries the cold and discriminatory attitude of the government of India towards the non-teaching staff in Navodaya Vidyalyas who have played no less pivotal role in enhancing the reputation of the Samiti as a premier organization in the field of education with their selfless and dedicated services. The work load borne by them is more than their counterparts in KVS and, hence, they deserve the 10% special allowance as much as the teaching staff.
- MACPS to teaching staff: Consequent upon the recommendations and implementation of VI CPC, the non-teaching staff have become eligible for getting three financial up gradations under the MACPS at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service. The JAC demands the implementation of the same to the teaching staff also as the monetary benefits of senior scales sanctioned on completion of 12 years of service is very negligible.
- Creation of PGT posts in Modern Indian Languages: It is sad to note that the demand of Modern Indian Language teachers handling +2 in the JNVS across the country for creation of a PGT post in their respective languages has not been heeded by the Management so far. This is tantamount to exploitation of the Modern Indian Language teachers and depriving the students of their right to choose their mother-tongue as one of the languages for special study at +2 level. Unfotunately the wonderful results the regional language teachers have been producing year after year have had no effect on the Management. It is high time the Samiti put an end to the ill- treatment by sanctioning a PGT post in Modern Indian Languages and making appointments purely on promotional basis. This will be the only way of compensating over two decade-long injustice.
- Appointment of Warden and Matron on permanent basis: The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE demands appointment of warden and matron to assist the House master/House mother and cooperate with the administration in the successful running of the Residential system. The NVS should waste no time in the appointment of regular wardens/matrons as promised by the Commissioner at the beginning of 2009-10 academic year.
- Defining working hours for all categories of employees: It does not need any evidence to prove that the staff of Navodaya Vidyalayas work for longer hours than the ones defined by Samiti itself. As a result of this, the staff is deprived of precious personal time and innumerable compensatory leaves and put to untold stress. A mechanism should be devised to extract qualitative work from the staff by giving them due space for personal life.
- Timely promotion to all staff & Conducting the departmental promotion test yearly: More than half the teaching staff has been deprived of their timely promotional opportunities because of the laid-back approach of the Samiti. As a result, the staff has become less enthusiastic about promotions and accepting challenges. The Samiti has failed to tap the potential of the staff at the right time which has surely blunted its weaponry. It is sad but not surprising to note how ill-prepared Samiti is to implement its own policy decision. While it is expected that the departmental promotion tests are conducted yearly for the aspiring TGTS, the Samiti has conducted only two in the last four years, thus dampening their hopes of a belated promotion. The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE demands for the revamping of the promotional system to expedite the promotion of the deserving in-service teaching and non-teaching staff to strengthen the system and improve the working ambience.
- Restoration of Earned Leave to teaching staff / Vacation staff in addition to Half Pay leave: The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE demands the restoration of Earned Leaves on full pay as the teachers are the only employees denied of earned leave by the Central Government. The Earned Leave facility was granted to the teachers working in Central Government during Smt Indira Gandhi’s time as a special case in lieu of 20 days half pay leave
- Weekly off to all categories of staff: As the staff of Navodaya Vidyalayas work round the clock on all days of the week in view of residential nature of their job, they may be granted a regular weekly off on any convenient day subject to exigencies, so as to enable them to attend their domestic problems.
- Honouring court judgements: We demand that the Samiti should implement the directives given by the CAT and other courts as regards service matters. It should honour the working hours and stop exploitation of staff.
- Stepping up of pay of Seniors with that of their juniors: The pay scales of Senior TGTs should be stepped up with juniors in line with the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan TGTs as they suffer monetary loss in the absence of recruitment in 2006 in all the regions of the NVS except Shillong..
- Enhancement of HM/AHM allowance: The teachers are not happy with the enhancement of HM/AHM allowance to Rs.800/400 per month as the responsibilities thrust on them are very demanding. The hike is far less than what is demanded by the JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE. Hence, the JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE demands that the HM/AHM allowance should be raised to Rs.5000/4000.
- Providing free education to the children of deceased staff: The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE requests for providing of free education to the children of staff who meet with untimely death while in service. Permission may be granted to such children to have free education from a vidyalaya of their choice if they are of admissible age. If the child is already admitted, he/she may be allowed to pursue education till the completion of +2 courses.
- Increasing the number of House Mothers: At present there are only two House Mothers for girls’ houses and each of them is expected to look after over 100 girl wards. The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE demands for the rationale distribution of work by appointing two more Housemothers in schools where the lady teachers are available for a better care of girl students.
- Providing Health Insurance to the Staff : It is sad to note that the NVS has not paid much attention to its staff’s health after retirement . The Samiti should give serious consideration to this issue and implement a proper health insurance scheme to all its employees to enable them meet their genuine medical expenses to the fullest after the superanuation.
- Sanctioning one day compensatory leave for work on the Gazetted holiday(s): Of late the Samiti has started a new trend of dishonouring the public/gazetted holidays. The training programmes, games and sports meets, exhibitions, etc start on gazetted holidays, thus depriving the staff of their right to avail genuine holidays. Quite often the staff is also deprived of the gazette holidays as they are engaged in duties like escorting children for sports events, migration, etc. While planning a training programme or a sports meet the Samiti should ensure that the staff is not deprived of its right to enjoy public holidays as they help them to spare their time for family which is one of the ways of lessening their stress. The management must sanction one compensatory leave for one public holiday he has foregone because of engagement with his/her official work.
- Implementation of CCE in its true spirit: The Samiti’s Academic Perspective Plan is a damn evidence of its misinterpretation of the NCF- 2005 and the CCE programme. While CBSE is going ahead year after bringing about drastic changes in the teaching-learning and evaluation system, the implementation of the scheme in the Navodaya Vidyalayas shows that the Management isn’t ready to free its teachers from the two-decade long shackles of ‘pass percentages and subject averages’. The Samiti should abandon its outdated practices forthwith and focus its attention on what the NCF-2005 envisages. The continuation of the present practice is sure to rotten the whole system with the Principals and staff left with no alternative but dilute the evaluation system to please their higher officers with high percentiles and percentages.
- Sanctioning more Group D staff: As the vidyalayas have been steadily growing in size it is now becoming increasingly difficult for the schools to pay attention to maintenance, health and hygiene, and safety and security with the existing two night watchmen and two chowkidar-cum sweepers. The Samiti should make all steps to sanction 2 more night watchmen and 2 more chowkidar-cum-sweepers in addition to the present sanctioning.
- Enhancement of JNVST application scrutiny charges: The JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE demands for the enhancement of JNVST scrutiny charges from Rs.1 to Rs.10 in view of the heavy work load they discharge till the hall-tickets are dispatched and nominal rolls are re-checked before the exam.
- Extension of the retirement age for the teachers: The JAC further demands for the increase in the retirement age up to 65 for teachers like all central and state technical university teachers/professors/IITS.
- Increasing of Grade Pay of Computer Operators to Rs.4200: Following the recommendations made by the V CPC the NVS fixed the pay scale of computer operators working in ROs and Headquarters at Rs.4000-100-6000 while it is Rs.5500-175-9000 in CPWD, Maulana Azad National Urdu Open University, Indira Gandhi National Open University and other Central Government departments. The qualification of all the computer operators in the Central Government departments is the same but the work load of computer operators in NVS is more as they have to handle data compilation, processing, monitoring of all the sections apart from the computer related correspondence, website maintenance, etc. Hence, this disparity should kindly be done away with by granting them the corresponding revised pay scale which is Rs.9300-34800 with grade pay Rs.4200.
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