Pay revision for polytechnic teachers okayed
New pay scales will be effective from April 1
Nandi Hills and Kemmanagundi to be developed
Bangalore: Teachers of all polytechnic institutions run by the State Government and also those aided by the State have been granted a revision in their pay scales which will work out to a quantum jump in their salaries.
While the teachers are likely to get over a cent per cent increase in the pay packet, they will, however, continue to receive the same percentage of house rent allowance, city compensatory allowance and other fringe benefits. Their superannuation age will also be 60 years.
Briefing presspersons after a meeting of the State Cabinet here on Thursday, the Minister for Higher Education, V.S. Acharya said the new pay scales would be effective from April 1.
This will entail an additional expenditure of Rs 71 crore to the State Government. The Cabinet approved total computerisation of all the Government engineering colleges at a cost of Rs. 23 crore. This work will be undertaken over a two-year period and will involve the installation of nearly 3000 computers and 210 laser printers.
The Cabinet approved the draft of a legislation to bring about changes in the administration of the nearly 35,000 muzrai temples in the State. The Karnataka Religious Institutions and Endowments Act , implemented in 2003 which among other things enables the Government to appoint the managing committee for each temple (particularly the major temples) was challenged in the Karnataka High Court and thereafter in the Supreme Court.
Dr. Acharya said the Cabinet approved the comprehensive development of two hill stations — Nandi Hills in Chickballapur district and Kemmanagundi in Chikmagalur district — at a cost of Rs 31 crore. Following the cabinet approval, Rs 10 crore would be released immediately and the development programme would be undertaken by the Department of Tourism.
In another important decision, the Cabinet approved grant of financial support to institutions engaged in imparting education to disabled children up to 20 years of age.
The other important decisions of the Cabinet are grant of 11.04 acres of land at Uttarahalli to the National Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre to be started by the Union Government, construction of facilities including rooms for pilgrims visiting Sravanabelagola and constitution of a Cabinet sub-committee to study the demand for ownership of Bane lands in Kodagu district and such other lands in Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts.
Source: The Hindu