JAMMU, Mar 19: Castigating the State administration for its failure to release the pending salaries of erstwhile SSA teachers, the Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar e Taleem Teachers Forum (JKReTTF) has threatened to go for indefinite statewide strike after March 31.
In a statement, JKReTTF Chairman Farooq Ahmad Tantray said that thousands of teachers under erstwhile SSA scheme are facing severe hardships due to financial constraints as they are without salaries from last four months. “Last month after the SAC decision, the administration had cleared six bills of budget amounting Rs 950 crores for clearing six months salaries of SSA teachers. The State Project Director released only two months salaries and rest of the amount lies at the treasury of Civil Secretariat,” he added.
The JKReTTF Chairman regretted that despite repeated representations to higher ups, the administration has failed to release the pending four months salaries and arrears under 7th PC in favour of these recently transitioned teachers. This speaks of the callous approach of people at the helm of affairs and the fact of the matter is that a nation builder is made to suffer financially for none of their faults, said Farooq Ahmad Tantray adding that the financial woes of teaching community were forcing JKReTTF to announce a protest programme against the administration.