In response to the call given by Navodaya Employees Joint Action Committee, employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya observed Teachers Day as Hunger Work Day to protest against the govt's apathy in providing GPF Cum Pension benefit to the employees who joined prior to 01/01/2004. Employees assembled in front of the school campuses at 7am and formal inaugurations of Hunger Word Day were done. They reaffirmed their decades old commitment for the Rural Poor Children and pledged to go on fast and work with more dedication on Teachers Day.
Employees expressed their sorrow for the deaf year meted out to them so far for their Genuine Demand of GPF Cum Pension Scheme for the employees who joined prior to 1-1-2004. In spite of the two parliamentary standing committees’ recommendations to accord the same benefit to the Navodaya Employees as it was accorded to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Employees, nothing was done so far. Even recently Employees of Accreditation and Assessment Council of India were allowed the benefit of GPF Cum Pension scheme.
KVs are residential schools whereas Navodaya Vidyalayas, who are administered by NVS which falls in the same Ministry of HRD, are residential school. KV employees work for eight hours a day whereas Navodaya employees work all through the day and night 24x7.Teachers are the House Masters and they have to take care of their students in a residential set up. KV teacher’s work ends at 2pm but a Navodaya Teacher’s work ends at 10 pm with night roll call in dormitories. In spite of this extraordinary commitment shown by the teachers, they could not get the equal benefits.
Employees of Navodaya Vidyalayas hope to get the attention of the govt by going on fast on Teachers Day. Teachers’ working with hunger on teachers’ day is not good omen for any nation.