Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Cler­i­cal mis­take halts salary of govt teach­ers

Around 2,300 per­ma­nent pri­mary teach­ers have not got their pay in Ja­land­har; last salary was paid in Oc­to­ber

- Param­preet Singh Narula param­preet.narula@hin­dus­tan­times.com Education

THE DEO OF­FI­CIAL CLAIMS THAT THEY HAD SENT AT LEAST SEVEN LET­TERS TO DPI, OF WHICH, SIX WERE WITH COR­RECT FIG­URE OF ₹60 CRORE. JUST ONE LET­TER HAD ₹60 LAKH AMOUNT, HE CLAIMED

JA­LAND­HAR: A sin­gle cler­i­cal mis­take on part of the dis­trict pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties in de­mand­ing the re­main­ing salary bud­get, halted the salary of over 2,300 per­ma­nent pri­mary teach­ers posted in the dis­trict. The teach­ers had re­ceived their last salary of Oc­to­ber 2017.

The Ja­land­har dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fice (pri­mary) au­thor­i­ties in Oc­to­ber had writ­ten to the di­rec­tor of pub­lic in­struc­tion (DPI) el­e­men­tary, re­quest­ing the dis­burse­ment of the pend­ing salary in which they have asked for ₹60 lakh while ₹60 crore was the re­main­ing amount.

How­ever, an of­fi­cial in the DEO of­fice claimed that they have sent at least seven let­ters to the di­rec­tor of pub­lic in­struc­tion , of which six were with cor­rect fig­ure of ₹60 crore while just one let­ter had ₹60 lakh amount which was men­tioned mis­tak­enly, of which the depart­ment cre­ated an is­sue.

As per the in­for­ma­tion, the Ja­land­har dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer pri­mary of­fice had sent a de­mand of ₹170 crore for the teach­ers’ salary bud­get for 20172018 fi­nan­cial year, of which the gov­ern­ment had al­lo­cated ₹110 crore, while ₹60 crore was with­held by the au­thor­i­ties.

Only salary of the Ja­land­har dis­trict’s gov­ern­ment pri­mary teach­ers had cost the gov­ern­ment ₹15-16 crore per month and the depart­ment was left with only ₹9.53 crore af­ter dis­burs­ing Oc­to­ber’s salary.

Of­fi­cials said that from ₹9.53 crore grant of the salary bud­get left with the depart­ment, the block pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers (BPEOs) have claimed the re­im­burse­ment of ar­rears and pend­ing bills.

How­ever, the ap­proval of ar­rears and bills are ly­ing pend­ing with the trea­sury of­fi­cer.

“Teach­ers have been fac­ing a tough time as it's been over two months that we have not re­ceived a salary in our ac­counts. The teach­ers are un­nec­es­sar­ily suf­fer­ing due to a lit­tle mis­take by the DEO of­fi­cials,” said, Ganesh Bha­gat, gen­eral sec­re­tary Gov­ern­ment Teach­ers Union Punjab.

Bha­gat said that the DEO shall with­draw the bills and ar­rears claimed by the BPEOs as this is the salary bud­get.

“If the depart­ment fails to dis­burse the salaries, their union will gherao the DEO pri­mary of­fice on Jan­uary 21,” he said.

Rampal, Ja­land­har dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer (DEO-pri­mary) said that even if they get bills and ar­rears with­drawn from the BPEOs, they won’t be able to dis­burse the salaries as it needs ₹15 to ₹16 crore just to pay a sin­gle month’s salary.

“I have been send­ing let­ters, re­quest­ing the DPI au­thor­i­ties to re­lease the pend­ing bud­get so as to dis­burse salaries to the teach­ers,” Rampal said.

DPI el­e­men­tary In­der­jit Singh said that due to a sin­gle mis­take by the DEO pri­mary au­thor­i­ties, the dis­burse­ment of funds have got de­layed.

He said that the depart­ment had trans­ferred ₹60 lakh as de­manded by the dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer.

“The mat­ter will be sorted only af­ter the fi­nance depart­ment holds a meet­ing in which the mis­take will be cor­rected and re­main­ing bud­get dis­bursed,” he added.

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