Panchkula: Extension lecturers working in various government colleges of Haryana have been boycotting teaching for many days to press for their demands. The indefinite strike of extension lecturers has entered the eighteenth day and they faced khaki wrath as cane charge and water cannons were used on them as they protested at Housing Board Panchkula-Chandigarh barrier. The extension lecturers have been protesting against not being given a fixed salary, leaves or valid experience certificates.
These lecturers say that govt had fixed Rs 250 per lecture for them with a capping of Rs 18,000 per month. However, they were not given enough lectures and could earn only Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 per month. The govt had announced that capping be increased to Rs 25,000 per month, which they say was useless for the same reason.
Also last month, members of the association met member of Legislative Assembly Gian Chand Gupta and submitted a memorandum listing their demands. A traffic jam was witnessed near housing board light point and nearby areas. The traffic was diverted through different routes and commuters faced inconvenience. Hundreds of police officials were assigned at the spot to maintain law and order. They are given no leaves whatsoever and demand that they be given casual leaves and maternity leaves in case of female lecturers.
Ishwar Singh, president of local unit of the association, said more than 2,500 extension lecturers across the state were protesting in support of their demands, which include payment of fixed monthly salary, adjustment to other colleges on arrival of regular faculty and 12 casual leaves in a year.
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