Over 3.5 lakh school teachers in Bihar get 15 percent hike, EPF benefits
PATNA [Maha Media]: Months ahead of the scheduled assembly elections, the Nitish Kumar cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod for a 15 percent increase in the basic salary of school teachers and librarians appointed since 2006 through the panchayati raj institutions and urban civic bodies. Along with the government contribution to the employee provident fund (EPF), the total hike will come to over 20 percent. It will be effective from April 1, 2021, and will benefit over 3.5 lakh teachers. The cabinet also gave its nod to the long-awaited revised service conditions.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced this in his Independence Day address also. Now, the teachers will get a one-time option for choice inter-district transfer and also EPF and promotion benefits. The EPF benefits will be applicable with prospective effect and will cost Rs 815 crore annually to the exchequer, while the 15 percent pay hike will put an additional annual burden of Rs 1,950 crore. The teachers will also have promotional avenues, with 50% vacancies in the secondary schools to be filled with eligible teachers from middle school. They will also have the opportunity to go up to the headmaster's grade.
Woman teachers will be entitled to 180-day maternity leave, increased from the existing 135 days. A new provision of 15-day paternity leave has also been introduced. The secondary and higher secondary teachers will also be entitled to a three-year study leave just three years after their service. At present, they can avail it only after seven years.