SSA teachers demand release of salary

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 3: Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers working under centrally sponsored Scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) today protested here for the delinking of their salaries and demanded release of pending wages. Click here to watch video
Under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum (ReTTF) the protesters assembled at Press Enclave here and demanded delinking of their salaries. They said that SSA teachers have not received salary for the past 3-4 months and it has plunged their families on the verge of starvation. “Gover-nment is playing with the future of thousands of SSA teachers who are without any salary for last three months. This delay has badly affected our families”, a protester said.
The protesters said that they have been demanding  streamlining of their salaries for last several years but to no avail. “The tall claims of the Government to regulate the SSA salaries have fallen flat as teachers have to wait for months for the release of their salaries,” the protesting teachers said.
They said that there are nearly 35, 000 SSA teachers working with the Education Department. “Almost 50% of the staff of primary and middle schools is SSA teachers. If Government wants that schools should function properly they should streamline our salaries, “a protester said.
The protesters said they would intensify the protests if their demands are not accepted. “If the release of SSA salary is not streamlined soon we will launch a statewide protest,” a protester said.