Chandigarh, June 16
Feeling concerned about going back on the commitment made by the AAP to the teachers of the college and university teachers about implementation of the 7th CPC UGC pay scales and revocation of the decision to delink from UGC pay scales, on 29th March 2022, Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa, raised the issue through communication to CM Bhagwant Maan that the Chandigarh Administration said adieu to the Punjab pattern and Civil Service Rules as they wanted to implement UGC pay scales and regulations in the Union Territory in the interests of higher education in Chandigarh. He stressed that now, the Himachal Pradesh, which has been adopting Punjab notifications regarding UGC pay scales, has decided not to wait for Punjab’s decision and implement the UGC pay scales and regulations. This leaves Punjab as the only state in the country, even after 6 years, that is yet to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission UGC pay scales.
At present, Punjab is the only state in the country that has deviated from the UGC pay scales and regulations. Hardly there is an example in the education history since 1956, where any State failed to implement the UGC pay scales for its teaching faculty; understandably, our Constitution does not allow the same. I am afraid the delinking from UGC pay scales will disconnect our higher education system from the national higher education. It is needless to emphasize that this will lead to serious consequences and affect adversely the overall economic development of the state.
He even reminded him that before the elections while addressing the Government College and University teachers, on this issue, he had announced: