SSA teachers resort to protests once again
Say all promises by government have proven hoax
Srinagar: The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers continue to hit streets as the government has failed to release their salary pending salary from last four months. The teachers also protested the government’s failure to regularize their services against substantive posts in the department.
On Monday the SSA teachers under the banner of JK Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers staged a massive protest in the Srinagar press enclave to press for their pending demands.
The teachers were demanding release of their pending salary and de-linking of their salary with the grants provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Hundreds of teachers led by chairman Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum, Farooq Ahmad Tantray shouted anti-government slogans and threatened to intensify their protest if the government didn’t resolve their demands.
The protesting teachers said that the Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ganai had announced the implementation of the 7th pay commission in August but the “announcement has remained an an announcement only.”
They also demanded regularisation, time bound promotion, delinking of their salaries from MHRD and release of pending salaries.
“These all genuine demands should be fulfilled. There should be a road map to delink our salaries from MHRD and arrange for our salaries in state budget,” said Tantray.
The protesting teachers threatened to launch a sit-in protest in winter capital Jammu from December 10 if their demands were not fulfilled at the earliest.
“The government is giving a step-motherly treatment towards a particular teaching community by denying their salary on time and other benefits as well,” said Tantray.
He said the government committee constituted to put forth recommendations for regularization of SSA teachers is yet to submit its report, exposing the sluggishness of the department to address our demands.
“The government is forcing us to hit the streets. The report was supposed to be submitted to the government by November 10, but all the commitments remained confined to only papers,” Tantray added.