Mangaluru, May 26, 2018: JD(S) candidate for South West Teachers (MLC) constituency S L Bhoje Gowda said that the elected candidates representing the constituency have failed to respond to the needs of the teachers.
Speaking to media May 25, Friday, he said that all these years, South West Teachers constituency was represented by the BJP. Though efforts were made to raise the issues faced by teachers through protests, concrete solutions have not been found. Every time, they come to power with promises and fail to respond to the teachers’ woes.
He said that he will urge the government to re-implement the old pension scheme for government school teachers and aided school teachers. All unaided school teachers should be brought under the government’s universal health scheme. When MPs and MLAs enjoy pension facilities, why should a teacher, who has served for more than 40 years, be denied of the pension facility? he asked. The elected candidates representing teachers constituency have failed to raise their voice on the revision of pay scale for teachers, NPS and medical insurance for the unaided school teachers.
Bhoje Gowda said that he will make all efforts to overcome the discrimination in pay scale faced by the government/aided PU college lecturers and high school teachers.
There is no hurdle for hiking the MLAs, MPs and the judges’ salaries. The bill gets passed without any discussion in the parliament. However, many pose hindrance to the hike in the salary of teachers, he rued.
Till recently, there was a holiday entitlement for government school teachers. However, the PU department director C Shikha has passed an order declaring the department as free from holiday, which is an injustice to the teachers. By passing an order to conduct classes during summer holidays, the parents, as well as teachers, have faced inconvenience. None of the Council members have raised a voice on the issue, he said.
He said, “I am contesting the election and will continue to fight for the cause of the teachers. I am confident that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will find a solution to the teachers’ problems.”
Graduates constituency candidate Arun Kumar said that the candidates representing the constituency have failed to raise their voice on unemployment and fulfill the aspirations of the graduates as well.