Srinagar: The contractual teachers working in different colleges of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday demanded job security after colleges reopened on 15 February.
Jammu and Kashmir Contractual Teachers Association (JKCTA) vice president Dr Mohammad Yousuf Nengroo said after 17 months colleges were supposed to reopen from 15 February and candidates who were justifying their eligibility got status quo from JK High Court but Commissioner/Secretary Higher Education Parvez Rohella and Director Colleges are defying all the court orders pleasantly to protect their skin.
Nengroo said that they are being biased towards Kashmir by giving the order to have classes alternatively.
JKCTA President Fayaz Ahmad Wani said they have written to all Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir besides Divisional Commissioner.
“We the academic arrangement faculty of different colleges of Kashmir Division in general and your district, in particular, would like to draw your kind attention towards the fact that we have been working for the smooth functioning of the system for last 2 decades. We have always worked at par with the permanent faculty of the department. We have devoted the prime of our career to the department and have always regarded our services as worship.
“Despite the fact, the department has never paid any attention to address our genuine demands/grievances. The department is hell-bent to ruin the future of this highly qualified lot as most of the candidates working in the system have crossed the upper age limit or are on the verge of becoming highly qualified overage unemployed youth of the developed democracy. Every second day the department is using all the means to mentally harass and humiliate the candidates,” reads the letter.
“Sensing the job insecurity about a thousand candidates working on academic arrangements moved to High Court of Jammu and Kashmir to secure their job and High Court Srinagar Wing after analyzing the petitions issued the status quo in their favour,” the letter reads.
“The High Court from time to time issued directions to the department to release the salaries of the candidates and to the surprise the department never obeyed those orders which highlight the highhandedness of the Secretary Higher education Talat Parvez Roheela and his subordinates (Director Colleges, Nodal Principal Kashmir & Principal’s of Kashmir Division Colleges),” letter reads.