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A decision in this connection was taken by the Cabinet at its meeting here on Wednesday. This was one of the many demands of the managements of private educational institutions which are on strike for the past three days.
Briefing presspersons about the decision, the Information Minister, Kagodu Thimmappa, and the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, said the meeting between the representatives of the Government and the managements to discuss the demands, which was scheduled for August 26, had been advanced to August 23.
Mr. Thimmappa said that on March 1, the Government had issued an order to treat as unaided the sanctioned posts of teachers, which were vacant due to retirement, resignation, or death.
The order would be modified to allow grants, he added.
However, recruitment would be subject to the policy of reservation, filling of backlog vacancies, regularisation of stopgap teachers, and workload, as per the norms of the University Grants Commission and the State Government.
Detailed orders would be issued soon in consultation with the Finance Department.
Another condition was that institutions would not be allowed to open new sections, he added.
In view of the acceptance of the demand, Mr. Thimmappa appealed to the managements to withdraw their agitation.
According to him, if the order issued earlier had been implemented, most of the aided institutions would become "non-grant" institutions in the next four years.
The Cabinet decided to rename the TCH course as Diploma in Education on the national pattern.
The selection of candidates would be on the basis of a common entrance test and reservation of posts, Mr. Thimmappa said.
The Cabinet decided to increase the intake in the telecommunication course in R.V. Engineering College by two seats.
Higher pay scales
for judicial officers
for judicial officers
The Cabinet decided to implement the recommendation of the First National Judicial Pay Commission (FNJPC) on the revision of pay scales of subordinate judicial officers and pension for retired officers, in the background of the direction of the Supreme Court.
As a result of the decision, the pay of a civil judge at the entry level will go up to Rs. 9,000 as against Rs. 8,000 of an IAS entrant.
As many as 700 judicial officers will get substantial benefit under the revision, effective from July 1, 1996.
According to Mr. Thimmappa, the total financial commitment of the Government is about Rs. 3.5 crore a year.
While the revised pay scale recommended by the FNJPC, headed by K. Jagannatha Shetty, retired judge of the Supreme Court, for civil judge (Junior Division) is Rs. 9,000-14,550, it is Rs. 12,850-Rs. 17,550 for civil judge (senior division).
The FNJPC fixed the scale Rs. 16,750-Rs. 20,500 for district judge at the entry level, and Rs.18,750-Rs. 22,850 for selection-grade district judge.
It goes up to Rs. 24,850 in the case of district judge in the supertime scale.
The FNJPC recommenced a proportionate increase for these officers whenever the salary of High Court judges goes up.
The Cabinet, Mr. Thimmappa said, had decided to stand guarantee for Rs. 21 crore to be raised by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation for purchasing 270 new buses.
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