Mysuru, August 11:- MLC Marithibbegowda has urged the state government to release pending back wages for the guest lecturers. He also advised the government to provide job security to the guest lecturers on the lines of West Bengal.
In his press release, the MLC said, “There are thousands of guest lecturers who have been working for the last 15-20 years for less salary. During the 2019-20 academic year, more than 14,000 guest lecturers have worked but they have been paid salaries only till March. With the government threatening to oust them from services from September, the guest lecturers are a worried lot. Many lecturers (12) have committed suicide due to financial problems. The HRD Ministry has advised the state government to consider the services of guest lecturers and temporary lecturers till July 31. As such, salaries from April to July 4 should be released immediately.”
Marithibbegowda said, ”In West Bengal, guest lecturers have job security till 60 years of age. Lecturers with NIT, SLET and PhD background, who have put in 10 years of service, are paid Rs 36,000 a month. Lecturers with slightly less experience are offered Rs 25,000 or Rs 20,000 a month. Karnataka should also follow the same model.” He said he has already written letters to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Higher Education Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan in this connection.
The MLC said, “As promised by the government that those who worked last year would be continued for the next academic year as well, they should be asked to start working from the beginning of the academic year. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the government should see to it that each class doesn’t have more than 50 students.” (MR/KS)