Patna: There is good news for Bihar contractual teachers as the state government is planning to increase the salaries of about three lakh teachers in near future. The contractual teachers have been demanding salary hike for long time. Some contractual teachers created a mess during the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Adhikar yatra compelling the CM to postpone the yatra.

Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi told reporters on Wednesday that the government is making continuous effort for decent increase in teachers' salaries in the near future. According to the minister, the contractual teachers are seeking “equal work, equal pay”.

But at the time of contract, these teachers were made aware of details of the Terms and Conditions of Service. There was no Eligibility Test for them at that time. For which the state government had faced teacher’s criticism several times. If the state government accepts all the demands of teachers, it will have to bear huge financial burden.

Later on the state government has decided to increase the fixed salary of teachers in future. Moreover, the government is going to implement UTI’s retirement benefit pension schemes in the welfare of the teachers from January 1, 2013. Only those teachers having the age of 54 years or less as on January 1, 2013, will be eligible to join the scheme. UTI's assessment says that those teachers who will retire after 25 years will get a monthly pension of over ten thousand rupees.

According to the minister, there is a severe shortage of experienced teachers in the schools that is why we have proposed that retiring teachers will have to give their contribution until the age of 65 years. The state government’s approval will be sought on the proposal soon.

(Agencies)

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