Chandigarh relieves 150 computer instructors without prior notice – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: In a major setback to 150 senior and junior Computer Instructors working in various Government Schools of UT, Chandigarh since 2008, eduation department UT Chandigarh issued their relieving letters, without any prior notice. The decision not only left the computer instructors shocked but invited criticism from the entire school fraternity. The computer instructors had not been paid their salaries from the past four months following a dispute with the contractor who had been given their contract four months ago.

The instructors were recruited under SPIC (Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh), in 2008, but recently, the contract of Computer Instructor was given to Non-IT based company by the Education Department in June 2020 through GeM portal.

“Everyone is well aware that Corona Pandemic is going on and the inflation is on its peak, it has been difficult for all the faculty to meet their expenses and instead of working on it they left us jobless. We are in shock,” an instructor said.

Another computer teacher alleged that “We have been relieved because we did not listen o the contractor who was demanding money from us for letting us continue. Department officials had also been forcing us to settle the matter but when we refused to do we were thrown out of our jobs.”

As per allegations of instructors, the contractor of RR Enterprise started calling computer instructors from the different numbers, asking for money (Rs 12000 per person) in the name of the registration fee, on the condition of not giving any receipt and threatened that if they will not pay this fee then they will be fired from the job.

In the entire scenario the salaries of the instructors have not been paid and they are at the suffering end.

In past four months the instructors had made various complaints to the authorities but to no avail.

It is pertinent to mention here that Computer Instructors are handling the online processes like U-DISE, PISA, DBT of Notebooks, and Food Security Allowance under MDM scheme, providing support in online teaching, the online admission process for XI Classes, the admission process for class nursery to VIII, a compilation of regular reports etc.

All the teacher unions came out in protest and said that this is very wrong of education department to relieve the computer instructors suddenly without even settling their fees for past months. They demanded that this step should be taken back by the department.

Unions further said that in times when Prime Minister talks about digital India education the department failed to have regular computer teachers and instead relieved those working on a contract.

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