MCTA NEWS UPDATE IN BRIEF (July-August)
Memorandum Submitted to CM: On 25.7.2013 the MCTA Hqrs submitted a memorandum to the Hon'ble Chief Minister Pu Lal Thanhawla requesting him to take favourable actions on the following matters by the 6th of August, 2013. The MCTA demands include:
1. The Draft Service Rules of Mizoram Higher & Technical Education be reconsidered to include suggestions made by the MCTA Executive body.
2. Revoke the deputation of MIS into Directorate of H&TE
3. Reimbursement of UGC 6th Pay Arrear
4. Implementation of UGC Regulations - 2010 as a composite scheme.
Meeting with Parliamentary Secretary: On 1.8.2013, 11:00 AM the MCTA leaders met the Parliamentary Secretary Pu Lalthanzara and discuss with him the demands of the MCTA mentioned in the memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister. Regarding UGC Arrear Pu Lalthanzara called the Finance Commissioner Pi LN Tochhawng for some clarification and arrange a meeting with the MCTA leaders for the next day.
Extended Meeting and Course of Action: On 1.8.2013, at 12 noon MCTA Hqrs Executive Meeting was held and the meeting resolved that an Extended meeting be held on 8.8.2013 (11 AM) at Hrangbana College. The Meeting decided that 5 representatives from each branch in Aizawl and 3 representatives from branches outside Aizawl (those who are already Headquarters Executive Members should not be counted by branches)must attend the Extended Meeting. The Extended Meeting will decide the Course of Action to be observed until the MCTA demands are met.
Meeting with Finance Minister: On 2.8.2013 at 3:00 PM the MCTA leaders met the Finance Minister Pu Liansailova to discuss the MCTA demands. The Finance Minister gave his assurance that the UGC arrear and Full Implementation file will be processed and tabled for discussion in the next Cabinet Meeting. Although the Finance Minister refused to speculate on the outcome of the Cabinet decision, he said that 'the matters will be considered from a positive point of view'.
Meeting with Finance Officials: On 2.8.2013 at 4:15 PM the MCTA leaders met the Finance Commissioner Pi LN Tochhawng in her office chamber where Finance Secretary Pu F.Vanlalruata was also present. The Finance officials gave their clarifications on why the files have taken more than five months to be processed. The MCTA leaders also explained that reimbursement of UGC arrear has been delink from the requirement of 65 years superannuation age and that no other conditions are required for getting the UGC arrears. The MCTA leaders also told the officials that many states have already got their arrears and expressed their disappointment at how the files are being delayed here in our state.
AIFUCTO's Representation to MHRD Minister
Here is the introductory part of AIFUCTO's recent representation to the MHRD Minister. A link to the full content of the letter(11 pages) is given at the end.
Ref. MINISTER HRD/01/2013 12 June 2013
Dr M M Pallam Raju
Honorable Minister for MHRD
Govt. of India
The All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organizations (AIFUCTO) expresses its thanks to Hon’ble Minister for MHRD for having given us an audience to discuss a wide spectrum of issues confronting Higher Education & our professional demands. Thanks for MHRD initiatives.
We sincerely thank you for some recent actions which have benefited teachers. & higher education. These include the reimbursement of 8o per cent share of the Union Govt. to the states who have submitted the claim. We request you to make early payments of claims being submitted now. We are the only category of employees in central & state Govt. sector who are yet to get the full arrears from the Govt. of India even after seven years of the implementation of 6th pay revision. A further communication in this regard will be of great help to all the university and college teachers across the country.
We also thank you for the timely proposal of revamping higher education in the states as contained in the program-‘ Rashtriya Uchatar Siksha Abhiyan’. We welcome the proposed scheme and assure you that we shall extend our whole hearted support for the success of the same.
We have been regularly interacting with the officials of HRD and we are very thankful to them for constructive approach.& sincere efforts to improve higher education in India.
Open or Download the full content(pdf format) of the letter here.
MCTA Office Bearers Met The Chief Minister
The MCTA Office Bearers met the Hon'ble Chief Minister Pu Lal Thanhawla in his office chamber on 20th May, 2012. The MCTA leaders requested the Chief Minister to initiate the process for the reimbursement of 80% UGC Pay Arrears as per the MHRD letter dated 14th August, 2012. The MCTA leaders proposed that reimbursement for arrears already paid by the State Government (i.e. 1.1.2009 - 31.3.2010) be initiated first and with that fund payment of arrears be made from 1.1.2006. Reimbursement may then be claimed again for the paid period and payment of arrears can be made for the subsequent period. Likewise, all the pending UGC Pay Arrears could be paid in 2 or 3 installments without the need for any state fund but rather the State Government would benefit by recovering the arrear fund it has already paid for the period 1.1.2009 - 31.3.2010.
The MCTA leaders also requested the Chief Minister to implement the UGC Regulation 2010 as a comprehensive scheme which would include 65 years of superannuation age for college teachers. Besides, pending issues such as Provincialisation of Kamalanagar College, implementation of PhD/M.Phill incentives, implementation of UGC recommendations regarding Principal/Professor posts, etc. were discussed.
The Chief Minister assured the MCTA leaders that he would raise the matters in the Cabinet Meeting to be held the next day (i.e. 21.5.2013) and suggested them to prepare a note and discussed the matters also with his Secretary. The MCTA leaders prepared the note on the same day and submitted it to Pu Lalramthanga, Secretary to the Chief Minister.