Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Announces 3-fold Hike In Salaries Of 12,700 Teachers
In a recent announcement made by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday, it was revealed that the salaries of 12,700 teachers who were recently regularized would be tripled. These teachers will now be referred to as associate teachers and special inclusive teachers, following the policy for the Welfare of Adhoc, Temporary Teachers, Contractual, and other employees in the School Education Department. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann explained that the salaries of the regularized teachers would be determined based on their educational qualifications and initial eligibility criteria for entering the service. These emoluments will remain unchanged until the teachers complete 58 years of service, with an additional annual salary increment of 5 percent.
An important highlight of this move is the significant increase in monthly emoluments for BA pass education providers, known as associate teachers. Previously earning Rs 9,500, they will now receive Rs 20,500. Similarly, teachers with ETT (elementary trained teachers) and NTT (nursery teacher training) qualifications will witness a notable salary boost, receiving Rs 22,000 instead of their current remuneration of Rs 10,250. Teachers with BA, MA, and B.Ed. degrees, currently earning Rs 11,000, will now be entitled to an emolument of Rs 23,500. Inclusive education volunteers will also experience a significant increase in compensation, receiving Rs 15,000 instead of the previous Rs 5,500, as stated by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Furthermore, education volunteers who were previously earning Rs 3,500 will now receive a salary of Rs 15,000. Teachers working under the EGS (employment guarantee scheme) and AIE (alternative and innovative education) will also witness a substantial raise in their emoluments, with their pay increasing from Rs 6,000 to Rs 18,000.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann emphasized that this decision is a significant milestone and aims to contribute to the overall growth and well-being of these teachers. He further highlighted that these teachers have dedicated over 10 years to the education department, and it was the current government that took the concrete step of regularizing their employment.