Published: May 11, 2020 5:06:14 pm
Former Excellent Minister H D Deve Gowda on Monday urged Karnataka Key Minister BS Yediyurappa to declare a special package for teachers doing work in private unaided educational institutions, who are economic distress due to COVID-19-induced lockdown.
In a letter to the Key Minister, the JD(S) patriarch, rising the state government’s functioning in handling the situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, complimented it for announcing a unique package for the unorganised sector employees, whose daily life was affected by the particular lockdown.
“In the same way, teachers working in the private sector are in financial distress due to the lockdown,” Gowda said.
Pointing out that the contributions of educators working in unaided private educational institutions is usually huge in improving the quality of training, he said, “Due to the lockdown for the last two months, these educational institutions have faced financial stress and are facing problem in paying teachers. The main reason for this is non-payment of RTE dues by the education department.”
Gowda, in the letter, said the RTE fees of Rs 1,300 crore that were pending should be released instantly to address the financial distress confronted by teachers.
He furthermore sought financial assistance to bail out there private unaided school and university managements.
The Chief Minister should call a gathering of education minister and division officials and protect the interest associated with teachers, Gowda added.
The Yediyurappa government on Wednesday acquired announced Rs 1,610-crore reduction package for the benefit of those within distress due to the lockdown.
The measures, announced as part of the package, integrated compensation of Rs 5,000 each to thousands of washermen, barbers, autorickshaw and taxi drivers, in whose daily life has been affected.
The government had also announced one time financial relief of Rs five,000 each to over 11,000 cobbler-families in the state.
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