GUWAHATI, Feb 3 - A five-member delegation of the Gauhati University Teachers’ Association (GUTA) today urged Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to use his good office for initiating necessary steps to get the arrear amounts due to the university teachers and employees, against their University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scales, released without further delay.
The GUTA also appealed to the CM to take necessary measures for regularising the payment of pension to the retired employees of GU. Pointing to the poor infrastructure of the university, the GUTA delegation pleaded for a special package for development of infrastructure of the university.
The delegation, led by GUTA president Prof Jogen Chandra Kalita and comprising its general secretary Dr Jagadish Sarma, vice-president Dr SK Singh, joint secretary Dr Samir Sarkar and former general secretary Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta, met Chief Minister Gogoi in his office chamber this afternoon.
The delegation expressed its deep regards and gratitude to the Government of Assam for the initiative it has taken in releasing a major portion of the UGC arrear pay (of the 6th Pay Commission) to the university teachers, besides enhancing the retirement age up to 65 years for the professors of the university.
The CM discussed with the GUTA members many vital issues related to the university and colleges in the State and expressed satisfaction that the Government of Assam was able to offer UGC salary packages/pension benefits/retirement age etc., to teachers in time.
The GUTA delegation submitted a memorandum to the CM highlighting the fact that a considerable portion of the said UGC arrear (of the last VI pay commission) is yet to be released even as the Government of India is considering seriously implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. It also said the provision for payment of pension to GU employees by the government was incorporated in the GU Act in its latest amendment in 2013.