LAHORE The callousness of Punjab government has compelled the 500 female teachers of three public colleges to 'celebrate this Eid without having their salaries. It is learnt that the teachers of three autonomous colleges including Government College for Women, Samanabad, Government College for Women, Gulberg and Government College for Women Cooper Road had not paid salaries to the above said teachers due to carelessness of Punjab Higher Education Department and Accountant General Punjab. The teachers and their families are facing difficulties on the occasion of Eid as they could not get their wages in time. Although, some teachers of Government College for Women Cooper Road had received their salary cheques on Saturday but they could not get cash due to closure of banks holiday. A number of non-teaching staff of all six autonomous colleges of the City is also deprived of their October salaries. A teacher told this scribe that the professors and teachers were asked to get prepared their manual bills by the clerks of his or her respective college. He said they faced mess due to rush in clerks offices. He said the teachers were wandering from pillar to post for getting their salaries. It may be mentioned here that instead of paying the October salary through the AGP, the Punjab government handed salary cheques to the professors. Another teacher of MAO College said that the professors could not get salaries before Eid-ul-Azha as 3 days were required for clearing of a cross cheque by banks and they had received the cheques on Friday. Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association Senior Vice President Prof Shahid Chaudhary said the professors were paid the pre-budget formula salary as the AGP had not included the 15 percent raise announced in the recent budget on the pretext that the Punjab government had not allocated any funds for the purpose. He stressed that Punjab government should withdraw its decision of the constitution of Board of Governors (BoGs) as it created a lot of problems not only for the teachers but also for the students. How could the government expect professors to be peaceful when they were not being paid and denied basic constitutional rights, he questioned. He said Punjab government wanted to punish professors for their opposition of the Punjab governments ill conceived decision and raising voice for their genuine rights. He said that the professors were being victimised by the AGP at the behest of the Punjab government as they were asked to submit manual salary bills for October salary which was totally unfair. On the other hand, the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association alleged that Punjab Higher Education Department Addl Secretary Adil Akbar Khan was sabotaging dialogue between PPLA and Punjab Government. After meeting of Central Executive Committee of the association on Sunday, PPLA office-bearers said they had decided to boycott dialogue if the government did not take action against Adil Akbar Khan. They informed that they had a meeting with the Chief Minister who constituted a committee on the matter of time scale and one step up gradation and regularisation of all contractual without any condition. The eight members committee comprising four representatives of PPLA, Secretary Punjab Higher Education, Secretary Finance, Secretary Law and Dr Zafar Qureshi, a professor of LUMS. The committee will meet on November 10.