Bid to regularise contract staff in Kerala Literacy Mission

R Jayaprasad

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has taken action to regularise the appointment of contractual staff in Kerala Literacy Mission. It is reported that the government is considering the proposal to regularise over 80 employees including district project coordinator and assistant project coordinator. The proposal will be forwarded to the cabinet for approval.

District panchayat secretaries are in charge of the district level activities of the literacy mission. Apart from this, district project coordinators and assistant project coordinators were also appointed to carry out the works.

The government approved the posts of the district coordinator and assistant coordinator as contractual posts in 2013.

At present, the district coordinator is receiving a salary of Rs 42,300 and assistant coordinator gets Rs 34,600. These posts were created and appointments carried out in 2006.

In panchayats, staff in ‘Prerak’ posts are in charge of the works. Nodal ‘prerak’ are in charge of block-level works. A salary of Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000 are distributed to ‘prerak’ and nodal ‘prerak’ respectively.

At the same time, the government has been giving a salary equal to higher secondary teachers to the literacy mission staff who are in charge of district-level works.

‘Prerak’, nodal ‘prerak’ and instructors are conducting the literacy classes for primary and upper primary classes.

Teachers who are working in public schools and retired from service are taking the class for 10th and higher secondary level literacy classes. So far, the government did not entitle teacher qualification to project coordinators. But still, they are receiving a salary in the pay scale of teachers.

The project coordinators got increment in salary in September 2016 and June 2019.

Meanwhile, the government has assured protection to staff in prerak posts to contest the polls. In the last local body polls, the literacy mission extended full support to the staff to contest the polls. Those who win the polls are allowed to rejoin service once the term of administration ends. At the same time, those who fail to win the seat are allowed to join duty after the polls.

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