RMSA, SSA teachers stage protest, demand salary

RMSA and SSA teachers during a protest in Leh. —Excelsior Morup Stanzin
RMSA and SSA teachers during a protest in Leh. —Excelsior Morup Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Mar 5: Teacher serving under RMSA and SSA here staged a protest demonstration today in front of Chief Education Office.
The protesting teachers were demanding release of their salaries of last four months which were not paid to them.
As soon as the schools in Leh reopened today after a long winter vocations over 100 teachers including 67 of RMSA and 72 of SSA refused to join their duty in protest.
Holding the banners with slogan ‘No Pay, No work’ the protesting teachers demanded that all their pending dues should be cleared as per 7th Pay Commission.
They also demanded streamlining the process for them so that they get their salary well in time.
One of the teacher representatives Stanzin said that they were given number of assurance from the month of September that their issues will be sorted out but nothing has happened till date which forced them to stage protest.
Another teacher Tsewang Dorjey said that Kargil district found a way out to solve the issue of such teachers serving under RMSA and SSA and similarly Leh District should find a way out as it is very difficult to service with salary for months.
Similarly Tsewang Phuntsog said that they were forced to take loan from the banks and are not in a position to repay the interest.
When Hill Council Chief Executive Councillor, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also holding the education portfolio was contacted, he said that the fund release delayed due to some technical problem of BHIM app which is expected to be sorted out in day or two.
Similarly Joint Director School Education, Tashi Dolma said that Government had already released Rs.1000 crore during financial 2018-2019 to meet the education liabilities and expressed her hope to resolve the issue in a day to two.
She added that in Leh District RMSA and SSA teachers were paid upto November whereas in other District they were not paid from Octobers onwards and added that it was due to the procedural delay problems.