Turbhe school staffers stage hunger protest over salary

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TURBHE: The teach­ing and non teach­ing staff of ICLES’ Mon Ami High School ( English Medium) at Sec­tor 19 in Turbhe went on a chain hunger protest on Thurs­day over salary is­sue.

The staff said that it has been fol­low­ing up with the man­age­ment for proper salary scale since 2012 with lit­tle re­sponse. They said that they were left with no op­tion but to strike.

Around 30 staff from the English medium’s pri­mary and sec­ondary sec­tions are protest­ing.

Sol­unke Ra­jku­mar, a teacher, said: “We are fast­ing for pay hike. The last in­cre­ment we re­ceived was in 2012. We were given let­ters in 2012, stat­ing that we will not get any in­cre­ment till re­tire­ment.”

Sol­unke said: “Stu­dents have theri ex­ams. So, we de­cided to limit our protest as of now to a chain fast so that the stu­dents do not suf­fer.”

Sol­unke added that if the education depart­ment does not do any­thing and the man­age­ment does not look into their de­mands, we they would de­cide their next course of ac­tion within eight days.

Val­sala Vish­wanathan, su­per­vi­sor of sec­ondary English

medium, said: “We have started the chain fast as we want re­vised salary. I have been teach­ing in the school for 32 years and my salary is nowhere close to the norms of the govern­ment. We want equal pay as that of the Marathi teach­ers.”

She said, “We want the ed­u­ca­ton au­thor­i­ties to re­spond and give a so­lu­tion. If we are forced, we will in­ten­sify our ag­i­ta­tion.”

Geeta Rao, the school di­rec­tor said, “The teach­ers want salary as per the 6th pay com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tion. We are a per­ma­nently un­aided school and hence do not get any grant from

govern­ment.”

She added, “Ours is the only English school in the area where the eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions live. We have to spend on main­te­nance, bills for wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, have in­stalled wa­ter cool­ers and pro­vide all fa­cil­i­ties for the stu­dents in­clud­ing a com­puter lab. How much more can we do when the fee is just Rs700.”

Rao said, “We do not even get the fee in time. There has been an ar­rears of Rs4 to 5 lakh for years. Un­der th­ese cir­cum­stances, they want the same salary as Marathi medium, which is not in our ca­pac­ity.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Teach­ing and non-teach­ing of Mon Ami High School, Turbhe, on strike out­side the schools on Thurs­day.

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