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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 02 November: WEST Bengal government has today announced twin measures that would bring smiles to the near 16,000 teachers of state-aided colleges and universities in the state.

The twin measures include granting one-time increment to the teachers as per the long pending recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and payment of 12 per cent salary arrears with effect from 2008 as was recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission.

Announcing this to news-persons at state education department headquarters Bikas Bhavan in Salt Lake today, education minister Partha Chatterjee said that the higher education department would issue a detailed notification on this on Thursday.

“UGC had advised that those teachers who have done and are doing PhD should be given one-time increment. There was a similar recommendation for those teachers having MPhil degree or pursing it. We have decided to implement the recommendations,” Chatterjee said.

Going by this, those who completed PhD in relevant subject before taking up teaching in colleges or universities in the state would get five non-compounded advance increments, while those completed or enrolled for PhD after joining as teachers would get three non-compounded advance increments.

Similarly, teachers who completed MPhil in relevant subject before taking up teaching in colleges or universities in the state would get two non-compounded advance increments, while those completed or enrolled for MPhil after joining as teachers would get one non-compounded advance increment.

The move would cost the state exchequer around Rs 10 crore at a go, while push up the annual expenditure towards the payment of salary to college and varsity teachers by around Rs 1 crore per annum.

As regards, the salary arrears to the teachers, minister Chatterjee said that it was being done according to the recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission that was vetted by the UGC in 2008. “College and university teachers would be paid 12 per cent arrears and this would surely bring cheer to them in this festive season,” he said.

On this count, the Centre would contribute 80 per cent and the state 20 per cent. The Centre has recently released around Rs 90 crore to the state government for this.

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