Govt teach­ers await­ing salaries for two months

Au­thor­i­ties say they’ll get salaries next week since funds have been re­ceived

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&around - Deepa.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

Hun­dreds of government school­teach­ers in Pun­jab are fac­ing hard­ships since they have not re­ceived salaries for the last two months due to non­al­lo­ca­tion of funds. Au­thor­i­ties how­ever as­sured that the teach­ers would get salaries by next week.

Talk­ing to Hin­dus­tan Times, a government school­teacher said on the con­di­tion of anonymity, “I have not re­ceived my salary for the last two months. It is be­com­ing dif­fi­cult to run my house since I am the only bread- earner in the fam­ily. I have three kids and have to pay house rent as well. Higher au­thor­i­ties should re­lease our salaries as soon as pos­si­ble.”

A woman teacher of a government school said, “I am teach­ing in a government school for the last eight years. Many a times, teach­ers’ salaries get de­layed due to bud­get prob­lems. So, the higher au­thor­i­ties should learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence of the last few years and re­lease more funds for government schools so that salaries of teach­ers are paid on time.”

When con­tacted, di­rec­tor pub­lic in­struc­tions ( sec­ondary) Ka­mal Garg said, “We have re­ceived the bud­get and school­teach­ers will get their salaries next week.” TEACH­ERS’ UNION TO PROTEST ON MARCH 24

Teach­ers of Sarva Shik­sha Ab­hiyan, Rashtriya Mad­hyamik Shik­sha Ab­hiyan and Cen­tre­spon­sored scheme would hold a protest on March 24 in the district against the Pun­jab government’s al­leged fail­ure to meet their de­mands.

The teach­ers are de­mand­ing reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion and in­creased salaries.

Di­dar Singh, district pres­i­dent of SSA/ RMSA/ CSS teach­ers Union, said, “Teach­ers should be reg­u­larised and hike in pay scales be im­ple­mented from April 2012. Many teach­ers are work­ing on de­mand posts for the last so many years. The state government should cre­ate sanc­tioned posts for SSA/ RMSA/CSS teach­ers.”

SAMEER DOGRA/HT

Deepa Sharma Sood

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