Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Various Trends and Dimensions of Contractual Labour

Various Trends and Dimensions of Contractual Labour With Special
Reference to Teaching on Contractual Basis in U.P.
- Dr. Alok Chantia*
Keywords: Labour, Teaching, Survival
Man made culture for a smooth survival and for distinguishing himself from animal. But
this smooth process of survival was threatened by growing population as demands
exceeded supply of goods and services and forced burden on the natural resources of the
country. In order to earn livelihood, man surrendered himself and his labour to the state.
The quest for work forced the man to become contractual labour just to earn the
Constitution guarantees right to work and to live a dignified life. Teaching is regarded as
a mission and not a work, but carrying out this mission is not an easy task. It forces a lot
of teachers to work on contractual basis like labourers. Even new government policies are
focusing on contractual employment instead of providing full time regular jobs, the
teaching is no exception. The contractual teacher gets some amount of money for a
couple of months for his/her teaching period. The government does not provide any kind
of job security or other facilities as enjoyed by the permanent teachers. In such a scenario
the condition of contractual teacher is no better than that of a labour working on
construction site.
Higher education is backbone of growth and development of a country. Level of
education of any country reflects its health and welfare. In case of Uttar Pradesh more
than 800 teachers are working on contractual basis. In the absence of any selection
committee and for the sake of students a lots of teachers are being victimized.
How many teachers are working on contractual basis in Uttar Pradesh? What are their
problems? What are the policies and programmes of the government regarding
contractual teachers? How Constitutional ideal of dignified life can be guaranteed to
these contractual teachers? All these questions will be answered in my proposed paper.
* Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Sri JNPG (KKC) College, Lucknow

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