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Howrah: Bengal government has increased the salary of all categories of part-time college and university teachers in the state and has assigned them a new designation.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement today 19 August during an administrative review meeting at Howrah Sarat Sadan.

Going by the announcement, all the part-time teachers, contractual whole-time teachers, guest lecturers working in state-funded college and universities will now be known as State-Aided Teacher Cat-I and Cat-II.

Those who have qualifications as mandated by the University Grants Commission will be placed in Cat-I. Others will be placed in Cat-II.

Like regular teachers, now on, they will also enjoy the benefit of transfer.

Cat-I teachers, who have completed 10 years in the profession, will get a fixed monthly pay of Rs 30,000. Those having teaching experience less than 10 years will get Rs 26,000.

As regards Cat-II, those having 10 years of teaching experience will get Rs 20,000 a month. Those in teaching for less than 10 years, will be paid Rs 15,000 a month.

Until now, the salary of contractual teachers was not only much lower, the pay also varied from college to college or university to university.

Apart from announcing the uniform pay-scale, the government has announced that the state-aided teachers will now get an annual increment at the rate of three per cent. Earlier, they used to get five per cent increment every three years.

The gratuity payable to them after retirement at 60 years has been increased from Rs 1-lakh to Rs 3-lakh.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee later said that going by preliminary assessment some 13,500 part-time teachers will benefit from the move.

“Out of them, some could be working as guest lecturer in multiple colleges. Hence, before issuing the notification, we will verify this,” he said.

The minister added that now on, no state-aided college and universities can appoint part-time teachers without the clearance from the state higher education department.

This is to ensure that no college or university hires teachers at lower salary than what the state has prescribed.