Pune: When you go through a latest Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) apprenticeship advertisement for several technical and non-technical posts, you will notice the civic body is paying more to masons than engineers. The civic body is offering more monthly stipend to masons, gardeners, plumbers, welders and carpenters than to diploma and degree holders.
On September 1, Pune Municipal Corporation’s general administration has released advertisement of the apprenticeship programme for 181 posts which includes technical and non-technical posts. The corporation has mentioned stipend amount for various posts.
It has mentioned the amount of Rs 4,984 per month for person having BE (civil), BE (electrical) degree while they are offering Rs 3,542 per month to persons having diplomas in civil engineering and in electrical engineering.
On the other hand, the civic body has offered Rs 7,002 per month stipend for mason, gardener, plumber, welder and carpenter with a qualification of 10th pass and ITI certification (Industrial Training Institute certificate course). The PMC has mentioned qualification of B Sc (medical laboratory technologist-MDT) for medical laboratory assistance and offered Rs 2,890 stipend.
When asked about this disparity between pay scale being offered to technical and non-technical posts, Anil Mulay, Head of General Administration of PMC, said, “I was shocked when I saw the difference between the stipend amount being offered for several jobs in the draft advertisement. I searched for government orders about the stipend.” Mulay added, “We have referred to government guidelines of State government for ITI course holders. In case of degree and diploma holders, we have followed the Union government’s guidelines as State government has not issued any guidelines for degree and diploma holders apprenticeship.”
The Union government issued a gazette on May 19, December 2014 which mentioned stipend notification (vocational) for technical person. The corporation has taken reference of that notification while framing stipend of diploma and degree holders.
Vasudev Gade, former vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University said, “The civic body should respect diploma and degree holders and they should be given more stipend than ITI certificate holders.”
Dr Siddharth Dhende, Deputy Mayor, said, “The corporation needs to respect degree and diploma holders. It is absolutely wrong and strange that ITI holders will earn more stipend than degree and diploma holders. It will spread a wrong message in the society when people will compare the amount. The corporation needs to take a serious note of it.”