Teachers disappointed as government buys time in forming committees
‘Our demand is not release of salary but de-linking, inclusion of 7th pay commission’
Srinagar: Sharply reacting to the government being non committal over inclusion of 7th pay commission benefits for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers (SSA), the teachers on Monday said the government was buying time by constituting only committees. They said their basic issue is not addressed in these meetings which were convened from past several weeks.
Pertinently, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday convened a meeting to review the issue of SSA teachers and ordered for immediate release of Rs. 143 crore for paying their pending salaries.
The direction were issued in a meeting which was attended by minister for school Education Choudhary Zulfkar, Minister for Finance Syed Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Higher Education Imran Raza Ansari, Chief Secretary B B Vyas, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rohit Kansal, Secretary School Education Farooq Ahmad Shah and other senior officers.
The Chief Minister has also directed for constitution of a high level committee headed by Chief Secretary B B Vyas to look into other issue of the SSA teachers and suggest remedial measures to address all concerns in a time bound and comprehensive manner.
“The committee was asked to examine all the issues of the SSA teachers and submit a report within a period of one month,” an official said.
He said the members of the committee include administrative secretary of Finance Planning and education department while as director SSA would be the member secretary of the committee.
However, the SSA teachers castigated the government for “buying” time in constitution of committee after committee but not addressing their basic issue.
“First committee was headed by minister of state but the government didn’t wait for its report but after 10 days new committee headed by secretary school education was constituted. This committee is also yet to submit its report and now fresh committee has been constituted,” the SSA teachers said.
They said teachers are not demanding release of salary but inclusion of 7th pay commission benefits and de-linking of salary from MHRD.
“Both the demands are pending and government is playing tactics by releasing pending salary as per 6th pay commission grades,” the teachers said, adding that they have been given yearly increments and time bound promotions from past years but now government is denying benefits of 7th pay commission which is uncalled for.
J&K Teachers Forum (JKTF) President, Abdul Qayoom Wani said they have decided to hold sit in outside civil secretariat on June 13 to protest against government’s indifferent attitude towards SSA and head teachers.