SSA teachers begin 3-day protest, stage 3 hour sit-in at Srinagar
Srinagar: The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers on Tuesday started their five-day protest programme and also staged a three-hour sit-in at Press enclave here.
The teachers were protesting under the banner of J&K ReT Teachers Forum (ReTTF) and were demanding implementation of 7th pay commission and de-linking of their salary from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) funding.
The teachers assembled at Press enclave and raised pro-justice slogans, witnesses said.
The protesting teachers said that they would continue their three hour protests from 3pm to 6pm daily upto September 1.
“In case our demands are not met, we will observe September 5 (teachers day) as a black day,” said one of the protesting teachers.
Notably, SSA teachers are at warpath with the state government, demanding de-linking of their salary from funds received from ministry of human resource development (MHRD) and release of their salary as per the 7th pay commission.
The protesting teachers said that the delay by the government in resolving their issue has left them in a state of depression.
“We are serving in education department from the past fourteen years and have been given all benefits like other state employees but it is unfortunate that we have been excluded from the benefits of 7th pay commission,” said Farooq Ahmad Tantray, Chairman of the forum.
The protesting teachers said they have taken yearly increment, time bound promotions and were also included in benefits of 6th pay commission as well. “But we fail to understand why our community was excluded in 6th pay commission,” he questioned.
The previous PDP led coalition government released the salary of all the employees as per the 7th pay commission from the month of April this year except for these teachers. The decision enraged the SSA teachers who took to the streets against the government.
Protestors said that they have submitted written representations before concerned authorities and apprised them about their grievance and demands.
The protestors gave an ‘ultimatum’ to the government for addressing the demands and threatened to intensify their protests if their demands were not fulfilled by or before September 5.