Hyderabad: Contract lecturers of government junior colleges, who have been on 14-day-long strike, find themselves in a double bind now as the government has decided to initiate action against the protesting contract lecturers. Instructions in this regard have been issued to the principals of the government junior colleges. Commissioner of Intermediate Education Ashok has instructed the principals of government junior colleges to initiate action. In his instructions, he pointed out that certain contract faculty had proceeded on indefinite strike from December 28 unauthorizedly despite the fact that the government had taken a decision to regularise their services and had enhanced their remuneration from Rs 18,000 to Rs 27,000. The principals should issue show-cause notices in the prescribed proforma directing the contract faculty to join duty forthwith, not later than January 12, failing which why their contract is liable to be terminated. The principals have been directed to submit the details of contract faculty absent from duties name-wise, college-wise, day-wise immediately to the Commissioner’s office so as to enable further action. It may recalled here that Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education K Srihari on January 10 warned the striking contract lecturers of action if they did not join duties by January 12. The contract lecturers of government junior colleges, who had been demanding salaries as per the Tenth PRC, launched strike as the government did not respond to their pleas. They want contract lecturers of junior colleges to be given Rs 37,000 per month and degree lecturers Rs 40,000. They said that their salaries had not been revised for years and they were unable to eke out a living with the meagre payments. Even the measly salaries were not being paid on time. Sometimes it was taking five months before they got one month’s salary. Most of them were running their families with the help of loans taken from various sources. Although they had been working for the past 16 years, the government was yet to initiate action for regularising their services, they claimed.