Contractual lecturers protest, demand regularization

10+2 lecturers on Monday held a protest demanding regularization of their services. The lecturers said that government is failing to implement years old order entitling them to regularization of their services.

Scores of the lecturers from various districts of Kashmir assembled at press colony under the banner of “All J&K contractual lecturers association” amid slogans in favor of their demands.

“We were appointed in 2003 against vacant posts in different higher secondary schools. As per the government order in 2003 we were supposed to be regularized within three years but nothing was done,” said Gurjeet Singh, president of the association.

“Even as per the new contractual rule, those lecturers who have worked for five years or more are entitled to a permanent job.  But we have been working for more than a decade, still there is no concrete policy for us,” he said.

The protesting lecturers also said that authorities are issuing exam notifications for the recruitment of contractual lecturers without making any permanent policy for those who have been working from more than a decade.

“We demand that those who were appointed a decade ago should be exempted from the process and new recruits should be only taken against the vacant posts without discontinuing our services,’ said one of the protesting lecturers.

The lecturers said that they have met every senior official in this regard  but to no avail. They said that they want their matter to be resolved as soon as possible, or else they will go for an indefinite strike.

Around 900 of these contractual lecturers are working across different higher secondary schools of the state.