Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its recent audit of the Higher Education department, has unearthed gross irregularity in the UGC pay scale to 121 college teachers who do not have the required eligibility.
According to the CAG report, the name 17 professors of government colleges and 104 lecturers and readers have been enlisted in the UGC scale of pay in violation of the provisions.
The issue was raised by Congress member Santosh Singh Saluja during the Question Hour in the State Assembly here on Friday.
Expressing grave concern over the CAG findings, Amar Prasad Satpathy, Surendranath Paramanik and Anant Das sought a clarification from Higher Education minister Badrinarayan Patra in the matter.
A thorough probe must be made to ascertain as to how these college teachers have been selected for the UGC scale of pay as they have not undertaken four refresher courses and have no required marks as per the UGC norm, they demanded.
“Whether the Higher Education department and the Directorate of Higher Education were unaware of the issue or they had deliberately kept it under wraps, needs to be probed”, they pointed out.
They also alleged that there a group of officials in these two departments who have facilitated UGC pay scale to the ineligible teachers and ignored the eligible teachers.
Admitting irregularity in his department, the minister assured the members that the files of all the teachers, getting the UGC scale of pay, would be thoroughly verified.
“If any teacher is found to have manipulated the documents to claim the UGC scale, the government would initiate criminal proceedings”, Patra informed.
It may be mentioned that a total of 2989 senior lecturers and readers are being provided with UGC scale of pay of which 1163 are from government colleges and 1735 are from aided colleges.