Indore: The teachers of government colleges in the district on Monday took out a rally as part of their series of protests to push for their demand of seventh pay scale benefits.

“About 600 teachers gathered at Old GDC college and took out a rally till collectorate. They submitted a memorandum addressed to chief minister to collector demanding implementation of seventh pay commission recommendation,” State Government Teachers’ Association general secretary Suresh Silawat said.

Earlier addressing a gathering of teachers at Old GDC, Silawat alleged that government was misleading them on the issue of seventh pay scale. “The government is saying that it will give seventh pay scale to us but it is refraining from giving a time-limit. If the scale was not given to us at the earliest, we will have to take to streets over the issue,” he said.

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on November 2, 2017, had released notification for implementation of seventh pay recommendation for college and university teachers. A committee was constituted by Department of Higher Education (DHE), Madhya Pradesh, for implementation of seventh pay scale to teachers in the state.

On the recommendation of the committee, the DHE had given its administrative approval for giving seventh pay scale to teachers and sent the proposal to finance department. “Unfortunately, the finance department put objections on the proposal. The objections are totally uncalled for,” said association divisional secretary Sanjay Vyas.

He said that the government had given seventh pay scale to all government officers and employees but to teachers of institutions of higher learning. Association divisional treasurer Pradeep Sharma said that the burden of seventh pay scale would not be entirely on state government. “50 percent of expense would be borne by central government and rest 50 percent has to be contributed by state government,” he said.

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