Teachers of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other centrally-funded autonomous institutions are still awaiting the revised house rent allowance (HRA) and travel allowance (TA), which was promised to them as per the 7th Pay Commission. According to the revision, the professors of not just the IITs and IIMs, but all central universities and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) were to enjoy an HRA of Rs 50,000. Instead, they continue to get Rs 24,000 as per the Sixth Pay Commission.
The revised TA for teachers was to be Rs 7,850 a month, but they continue to receive the old amount of Rs 7,600.
The teachers have been further irked by the fact that other central-government employees have already been given the revised salaries w.e.f July, 2017. They are not happy with the latest pay scale revision either, which is reported to be the lowest ever. They accuse the Government of trying to ‘save’ money and being disinterested in retaining quality teachers in its educational institutions. Even the retired teachers are awaiting their revised pensions. The discontented teachers have reportedly approached the Human Resource Development Ministry with their grievances and are awaiting a positive response.
A protest march was also carried out in New Delhi recently in this regard.