Govt teachers awaiting salaries for two months
Authorities say they’ll get salaries next week since funds have been received
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.”
Deepa Sharma Sood