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Lassitude: ZGC’s denied salary for two years now

Lassitude: ZGC’s denied salary for two years now
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Govt also silent on their absorption in KGBV schools

Srinagar: There seems to be no end to the miseries of the Zonal Gender Coordinators (ZGCs) engaged in the school education department under a centrally sponsored scheme more than a decade ago.
The female workers are made to run from pillar to post to get their monthly wages. The female employees are denied salary despite the official report favouring their permanent absorption in the school education department against available vacancies in Kasturba Gandhi BalikaVidyale (KGBV) schools.
A group of gender coordinators complained that they are unpaid for past two years as the department has delayed their absorption despite utilising their services in the education department at all education zones.
Already, the chief education officers (CEOs) in their recommendations have identified the vacant posts in the KGBV residential schools and recommended the absorption of ZGCs on these vacant posts.
At present around 97 ZGCs are working in various zones of the state for which the education department has 159 vacant posts sanctioned in KGBVs.
“But the officials in education department have shelved the process unnecessarily due to which our salary is not paid,” one of the gender coordinators from Srinagar district said.
The CEOs in their recommendations have stated that the non-teaching staff doesn’t have the concurrence of the finance department as the creations were made by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) after establishment of KGBV schools in the state.
“It was the decision of the governing body to pay the honorarium to the ZGCs out of the management cost because the government of India had closed down the scheme “NPEGEL” under which these coordinators were appointed,” reads an official document submitted to the administrative department.
In the official document the state project director (SPD) Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan has favoured the absorption of the female employees in the department. The recommendations have been forwarded on basis of the report submitted by CEOs.
These female workers were engaged at zonal level by department in 2005 under NPEGEL scheme. Though the government closed the scheme few years ago, but the report furnished by the directors of Jammu and Kashmir division has termed their services as “satisfactory”.
The report was furnished by the directors after assessing the overall performance of the ZGCs and submitted the report to the administrative department.
Secretary school education department, Sarita Chauhan when contacted said the issue is under consideration of the department. The decision will be taken after holding proper deliberations with the concerned.
“The issue of salary will be also resolved as well,” she said.

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