Dharna in Pondicherry.

The Hindu, Online edition of India\'s National Newspaper on indiaserver.com, has a story on a dharna going on in Pondicherry.

\"Members of the Pondicherry State Library and Information Assistants Association will stage a dharna in front of the Assembly premises on March 27 (the day when budget session of the Assembly is scheduled to begin). \"A spokesman of the Association said a policy of discrimination was adopted by the administration in offering pay scales to the library and information assistants. The Association seeks Rs. 5500-9000 to information assistants, Rs. 6500-10500 to senior library and information assistants and Rs. 7500-12000 for assistant library and information officers retrospectively from January 1996.

The other demands are immediate release of recruitment rules, Assured Career Progression scheme, regularisation of staff working on adhoc basis, filling of all vacant posts and deployment of part-time staff recruited for libraries to the places of work.

Before bifurcation of libraries into two categories as public librarians and school librarians, all librarians working in branch libraries and schools were designated as assistant librarians. With the implementation of the Library Review Committee, the assistant librarians in public libraries were designated as Library and Information Assistants and their pay scales were upgraded as per the norms in the Review Committee report.

The school librarians were given higher pay scales as per the Library Review Committee report as in

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