ReT teachers protest for release, streamlining of SSA salary

ReT teachers trying to take out protest march in Jammu (L) and holding demonstration at Srinagar (R) on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
ReT teachers trying to take out protest march in Jammu (L) and holding demonstration at Srinagar (R) on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Mar 3: Demanding release of their pending salary and streamlining of the same, Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers today held State wide protest demonstrations, particularly at the capital cities Jammu and Srinagar.
The protest demonstrations were held under the banner of All J&K Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum. Besides release of SSA salary and streamlining of the same, the protesting ReTs were demanding Transfer Policy and regularization of the pending cases.
At Jammu, the protest demonstration was held near the Press Club Jammu where a large number of ReT teachers assembled and also tried to take out a protest march. However, Police did not allow them to proceed further with the result that a clash like situation erupted for some time.
However, Police soon controlled the protesting ReTs, who held a demonstration there for more than half an hour.

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Reports from Srinagar said that a protest demonstration was held at Press Enclave. Scores of ReT teachers assembled at Press Enclave and shouted slogans against the Government for not fulfilling their demands.
The protesters highlighted various demands like release of pending salary, transfer policy for ReT teachers, disposing of all pending files of ReT teachers for regularization and delinking of salary from Central source of funding.
They said more than 41000 teachers working under SSA scheme were without salaries from four months and hence facing various hardships. “Government is forcing us to come on roads. Our salaries are being released after four to six months and we have to take loans from banks to run our expenses. Teachers are called nation builders but here we are being humiliated,” Shams-ud-din Bhat, a ReT teacher said.
Farooq Ahmad Tantray, Chairman of the ReT Teachers Forum, said that the Government was not serious about solving their problems. “We request Government to delink our salary and pay us from State budget. We are the employees of State Government not of Central Government and our salary should come on monthly basis,” he said, adding,
The protesting ReT teachers warned to launch an indefinite strike if their demand on salary is not conceded by the Government.