Jahangeer Ganaie

Different salaries for same grade posts in Samagra, allege employees

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Pulwama: Resentment is brewing among the various employees of Samagra scheme as according to them different salaries are paid to employees despite working on grade posts.
Contractual employees of the Samagra scheme including Assistant Engineers, Assistant Programmers, Junior Engineers, Auditors, DEOs , Computer Assistant and Orderlies have alleged that there is discrimination over salary of employees working on same grade post.
They added that employees of same grade working at division level are getting more salary than working at district and zone level despite that work load on employees working at zone and district level is more than the employees working at division level. The employees further added that they were appointed 10-15 years back in the erstwhile Sarva shiksha Abhiyaan that was later subsumed in Samagra Shiksha said that till 2018, all employees of same grade posts were getting same salary whether working at division level or district level.
But in year 2018 rules were bent to benefit the employees working at division level, the employees alleged.
Division level employees were benefited in such a way that the order of the enhancement in their salaries was not was made public but a separate order was issued for the enhancement of salaries of employees working at district and zone level.
An employee working at district level, wishing not to be named said that an employee of his grade working at division level is getting an additional amount of upto five thousand rupees more besides travel allowances and darbar move allowances.
He added that rules were bend some time back by then state project manager to benefit his relatives and others whom he had managed to transfer to division level.
Pertinently Samagra Shiksha is an integrated scheme of School Education that has subsumed the three Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).
The scheme has been implemented from April 2018 and envisages the ‘school’ as a continuum from pre-school, primary, upper primary, secondary to Senior Secondary levels with the vision to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from pre-school to senior secondary stage.
On contacting state project manager Samagra Shiksha Dr Arun Kumar Manhas, he said that he was not aware about the issue.
“I will look into it and see if some wrong has been committed,” he added.
He said that employees must contact him directly if there are any problems in their grade and pay anomalies.
“I will modify the orders if these reports that some rules have been bend are found true,” he concluded.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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