Assam: Revised payscale for teachers in state


GUWAHATI, July 28, 2018: Finance minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said teachers of provincialised colleges, state universities and technical/medical institutions will be paid under the 7th UGC Revised Pay Scales with retrospective effect from April 1, 2016.

He said around 12,000 faculties of these institutions will be benefited by it. Sarma said the state cabinet had given its nod to this decision at the cabinet meeting held here on July 23.

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According to him, 8,800 teaching staff, including librarians, of government and provincialised degree colleges and state universities will be paid the revised UGC pay scales for which the state government will have to bear Rs 166 crore additional expenditure.

"Moreover, the arrears liabilities will be Rs 476 crore, which will be paid to them in two instalments. We will try to pay the first instalment before Durga Puja," the minister said.
He said 2,800 teachers of medical, engineering, dental and Ayurveda colleges, polytechnics, nursing and pharmacy institutions under the state government's directorate of technical education and directorate of medical education will also get the revised UGC pay and their arrears liabilities will be around Rs 130 crore.Implementation of the revised UGC pay scales was being demanded by the college teachers of the state.


Assam College Teachers' Association, an organisation of provincialised college teachers of Assam, have lauded the government's decision and expressed their gratitude to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma and education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya.

On the NRC update, Sarma, who heads the state government's cabinet subcommittee on NRC, reiterated that no one will be sent to detention camps on the basis of the draft NRC.

"Nobody's rights or privileges would be taken away based on the draft," he said.

There have been apprehensions that people whose names do not figure in the draft NRC will be sent to detention camps.

Sarma said after publication of the complete draft of the NRC on July 30, applications for claims, objections and corrections will be received from August 30.

Recently, Union home ministry had sent an advisory asking the Assam government not to take any action against those whose names do not figure in the draft NRC.

Source: The Telegraph
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