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Saturday, February 9, 2013



Times of India

BERHAMPUR: Teaching in all 31 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in the state came to a standstill on Wednesday as around 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff of the Centre-run schools launched an indefinite strike. The staff are demanding pension benefits under CCS (central civil services) Pension, 1972.

"We have protested several times. Since the government has not considered our demand, we launched the strike for indefinite period. The employees in state have joined the all-India strike," said Srinibash Rao, general secretary, Odisha state unit, All India Navodaya Vidyalaya Staff Association ( AINVSA), while talking to TOI.

While the managements of Central Tibetan schools, National Open School, Ignou, NCERT, and some other autonomous bodies have granted the benefits of CCS Pension 1972 to all their employees, who joined before January, 2004, Navodaya vidyalaya teachers remain the only teachers in the Union Government services going without the pension benefits, he said

The other demands of the staff include sanctioning of 10% special allowance to non-teaching staff and increase in house rent allowance. The protesting staff members have also called for boycotting the selection test, on the basis of which students get admission, scheduled for February 10.

The district administration would look after the hostel inmates as the staff had apprised it of the strike, Rao said.

The Navodaya vidyalayas were set up to impart quality education to talented under-privileged children in rural areas. There is a school in every district in the state except Malkanagiri which has two. The students are taught from Class VI to XII.



Students have been forced to return home
Seeking action:Navodaya school staff members staging a protest in Bangalore on Wednesday.— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Seeking action:Navodaya school staff members staging a protest in Bangalore on Wednesday.— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Barely days before their annual exams, students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) have been forced to return home in the wake of the strike by the JNV staff.
The nationwide indefinite strike, which began on Wednesday, is to demand implementation of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
Over a 100 teaching and non-teaching members of the Joint Action Committee of JNVs gathered outside the Town Hall here on Wednesday to register their protest for not being included in the pension scheme, a demand that they have been making for 25 years.
“There are 27 Navodaya schools in Karnataka and staff members of at least 25 have started the strike. Each school has about 40 staff members and about 500 students. We have sent the children back home. We work hard to ensure good education to the children as most of them come from rural areas. But our demands are not being met,” said K. Vijay Kumar, president of the committee.
He pointed out that other Central government employees such as those in Kendriya Vidyalayas had been included in the pension scheme. But, JNV employees have been “neglected” by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, he said.
Among the 19 demands the committee is placing before the Union government are allotment of residence allowance for the non-teaching staff and fixing of work hours for them as they work for almost 24 hours.


1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Dear JNV Employees,
Infact, you all clowns making us; the common public clowns!!. Are you all serious about getting wardons/Matrons for the schools?? Smt.Vrinda Saroop assured you on 9th Feb that NPS Rule 1972 will be get sanctioned within 15 days and 10% hike on allowance of non-teaching staff by June2013...take this word, you all will put up this strike within next 15 days upon getting aforesaid 2 demands get aproved...You all will forget about wardons/matrons....Means, you are not concerned about the well being of the students there....wish you all a happy in-service break, though you ruined the future of the students bloody clowns****