They are leading life with a meager salary of Rs 6,000
Mumbai: While most of the country’s youth are going through problems like unemployment, the ‘employed’ Shikshan Sevaks in the civic schools are awaiting the government’s turn to take them on pay roll and give them permanent employment.
Despite completing their probation period of three years on monthly income of Rs 6,000, more than 700 Shikshan Sevaks are suffering extreme poverty with such a low income and no confirmation on being permanent.
Altogether, 754 Shikshan Sevaks hailing from different parts of Maharashtra were hired on merit basis in June 2013. Following an amendment in the Government Resolution in 2013, they were then asked to compulsorily clear the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) exam to get a permanent employment. Even after appearing for the exam, they found it very difficult to clear and a mere 1% of all the teachers could clear the exam in three years.
Another amendment in the GR that came in June 2016 stated that the Shikshan Sevaks who have not cleared the TET exam in a period of three years will be terminated.
Taking the affected Shikshan Sevaks with him, Ashraf Azmi, Samajwadi Party corporator, met civic chief Ajoy Mehta on Monday and urged Mehta to take some action on the issue.
While speaking to the Free Press Journal, Azmi said, “This is totally unfair since these teachers were hired on merit basis and even after teaching for three years they are asked to clear a difficult exam failing which they would be terminated. Is it fair to follow the Government Resolution which came after teachers completed their probation period and are on the verge of getting permanent? Most of the Shikshan Sevaks are married and are unable to feed their families.”
One of the Shikshan Sevaks, on condition of anonymity said, “Most of us are not from Mumbai and we cannot afford to live in this city with a meager salary of Rs 6,000. My monthly salary is Rs 6,000 and my house rent is Rs 7,000 which makes it more difficult for me to survive in this city. Sometimes, we cannot afford a proper meal and have to live on fast food.”
With low income and out of pocket expenses in one of the most expensive cities in the country, Shikshan Sevaks are now seeking relief from the civic body and are awaiting another circular from the State government which will give them their jobs back.