Hunger strike by Contractual Lecturers enters 5th day

Excelsior Correspondent

Contractual Lecturers sitting on chain hunger strike at Jammu on Saturday.
Contractual Lecturers sitting on chain hunger strike at Jammu on Saturday.

JAMMU, Feb 18: The ongoing chain hunger strike by all J&K Contractual Lecturers 10+2 Forum, seeking regularization of services, entered fifth day today at exhibition ground Jammu.
Vinod Kumar, a contractual lecturer has been observing “fast unto death” since Tuesday untill a concrete assurance regarding their demands is given by the Government.
Urging for the implementation of apex court’s decision for “equal pay for equal work” in J&K, these Contractual lecturers regretted that exploitation of the highly educated youth engaged under academic arrangement in schools on nominal wages was deplorable and inhuman.
They said that engagement of Ph D, M Phil, double Post Graduates as lecturer in the institutions for negligible emolument of Rs 7000 per month against handsome salary of their counterparts in regular establishment, despite the same nature of work, was highly discriminatory and amounted to worst form of human rights violation. The lecturers who were made to work at lesser wage did not do so voluntarily but to provide food and shelter to their family at the cost of self respect and dignity,” the Forum said and added that the contractual lecturer were rendering their services in the schools ranging from 7 to 15 years and several of them had been terminated by the Government after exploiting them for more than a decade.
Seeking regularization of the lecturers engaged on academic arrangements in the Education Department. Vinod Kumar sought framing of a suitable regularization policy for them. He said that the use and throw policy adopted by the Government with regard to such highly educated youth was most contemptuous and shall not be tolerated any more. He said that the aggrieved lecturers would take the hunger strike to its logical conclusion and cautioned the State Government that it would be squarely responsible in case any untoward incident took place due to fasting.
Those who observed hunger strike today along with Vinod Kumar, included Randeep Singh, Kanchan Bala, Balwinder, Rajni Sharma, Veena Rajput, Vijay Sharma, Kiran Bala and Reva Rani.