Genuine demands of SSA teachers to be fulfilled: Navin

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Oct 23: Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin K Choudhary, today chaired a meeting of the State Committee set up to address the issues of Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers working in different areas of J&K.
During the meeting, Secretary, School Education, Ajit Sahu made a presentation on the roadmap being worked out by the School Education Department for addressing the issues of the Education Department teachers, including regularization of existing General Line Teachers and SSA teachers, and their promotions.
Sahu briefed the Finance Secretary about the measures taken by the School Education Department, including a proposal for changing recruitment rules, stopping fresh recruitment and promotions of ReTs in a way that it doesn’t impact the career prospects of General Line teachers.
Based on the presentation, the resource gap was identified by the Committee in the existing funding for paying the salaries of the SSA teachers and several options were examined to fund the gap.
The Committee recommended that the School Education Department is in a position to pay one-month salary of the SSA teachers which may be approved by the Chief Secretary.
The Finance Secretary said the State Government will take all measures required to fulfill the genuine demands of the SSA teachers while calling for a further discussion on the issue in Jammu after Darbar move.
Among others, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Sarita Chouhan, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani, State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Tufail Mattoo and Director, School Education, G N Itoo, also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, State Committee headed by Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin K Choudhary, today cleared the proposal for enhancement of income slab ceiling for creamy layer among the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes under J&K Reservation Act/Rules.
The Committee, which met at the office chambers of the Finance Secretary, cleared the proposal to enhance the threshold for creamy layer from Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh as per the norm of the Government of India.
Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department, Hilal Parray, Secretary Social Welfare, Farooq Lone, Law Secretary, Abdul Majid Bhat, among other officers of allied departments attended the meeting.