The State Government has reduced HRA and made biometric attendance compulsory for principals of the senior colleges from the current academic year.
It may be noted that biometric attendance was already made mandatory for teachers and non-teaching staff members of the colleges since last year.
Principals were asked to submit a monthly report of the biometric attendance of teachers along with salary slips in the office of the joint director of higher education. Principals were excluded from biometric attendance. However, from now onwards, they will also be included.
Significantly, a principal of an aided college get around 1 lakh salary, but their work is never evaluated and often they remain absent from duty on the pretext of attending meetings. Now, the condition of biometric attendance will put a check on such type of principals.
As per the service rules of principals, they either get free residence or HRA. If an education society does not provide residence to its principal, he/she is entitled for HRA. Most of the principals get HRA, instead of residence.
The State Government decided to reduce HRA of A and B grade cities by 10 per cent. Earlier, principals of these cities would get 30 per cent HRA of their basic salary, while principals in grade C and D cities 20 per cent of their basic salary. Now, principals of all the cities will get same HRA.
Talking to this newspaper, joint director of higher education (Aurangabad division) Dr Mohammed Fayyaz said the education department has made attendance compulsory for all teaching and non-teaching staff. "Compulsion for attendance on all staff members, including a principal, aims at creating discipline on the campus, whereas by reducing HRA, the government wants a uniform rule for all," he added.