JAMMU, FEB 16:
Castigating the State government for paying no heed to the plight of School lecturers engaged on Academic Arrangements besides playing with their career, the chain hunger strike of All J&K Contractual Lecturers (10+2) Forum seeking regularization of services entered third day at Exhibition Ground today. Mr. Vinod Kumar, a contractual lecturer has been observing “Fast unto death” since Tuesday until a concrete assurance regarding their demands was given by the Government.
Urging for the implementation of Apex Court’s decision of ‘equal pay for equal work’ in J&K, Mr. Abhimanyu Sharma a contractual lecturer regretted that the exploitation of the highly educated youth engaged as Academic Arrangement in Schools on nominal wages was deplorable and inhumane. He said that engagement of Ph.Ds, M.Phils and double post graduates as lecturers in the said institutions for negligible emoluments of Rs. 7000 per month as against handsome salary for their counterparts in regular establishment, despite the same nature of work, was highly discriminatory and amounted to worst form of human rights violation.
Seeking regularization of the lecturers engaged on Academic Arrangements in the Education Department, Mr. Vinod Kumar sought a framing of a suitable regularization policy for the incumbents .
Those who observed hunger strike today along with Mr. Vinod included
Randeep Singh, Kanchan Bala, Balwinder, Bablu Kumar, Rajni Sharma, Seema Rajput, Vijay Sharma, Kiran Bala, Reva Rani , etc were also present at the protest site.