The Karnataka government that had roped in 7,000 private college lecturers for evaluation of second Pre-University answer papers, got a rude shock after none of the lecturers turned up for the evaluation.

Karnataka government had refused to give in to the demands of the PU lecturers. The Karnataka State PU Lecturers’ and Principals Association is demanding implementation of Kumaranaik Committee report, which has recommended double increment to the lecturers’ basic pay.

The evaluation of the papers was expected to start on Friday morning, however, none of the 7,000 lecturers appointed by the government turned up at the valuation centre.

With the centres closed and no lecturer even seen in the surroundings, the tiff between government and government-appointed lecturers has now taken an interesting turn. The stalemate now has forced the government to start fresh talks with the PU lecturers, who for the last 13 days have been on an indefinite strike.

We have had seven rounds of talks with the government. But these talks were not fruitful. Government is not ready to give two increments (double increment). We will stage protest till death. Boycotting evaluation is a sure thing if it does not implement Kumaranaik Committee report, said Thimmaiah Purle, President of Karnataka State PU Lecturers’ and Principals Association.

Earlier, the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government after rejecting the lecturers demand for two increments and had agreed upon one instalment of increment and Rs 500 honorarium in addition. The lecturers but are stern and are demanding two increments.