Teachers employed under the union government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiya (SSA) Monday threatened to stage a massive rally in the capital city on the day of Eid to press for their demand of 7th pay commission benefits.
Scores of the SSA teachers staged a vehement protest in the premises of the directorate of school education here raising slogans in favour of their demands.
Thousands of SSA teachers, whose salary is jointly paid by the state government and the union ministry of human resources development (MHRD), have been protesting since the award of 7th pay commission benefits to state government employees earlier this year.
Besides inclusion in 7th pay Commission benefits, the protesting teachers also demand de-linking of their salary from MHRD funding.The teachers gathered inside the premises of DSEK shouting slogans to press for their demands and vowed to yet again intensify their stir.The protest was organised by JK Rehbar-e- Taleem teachers forum (JKReTTF).
The forum had already announced a two-day lockdown of schools up to middle classes on August 20 and 21 as a mark of protest against the government’s “indifferent attitude” to their demands.
As a mark of protest the teachers set copies of their regularisation orders.”After serving in department for five years we were regularised on the analogy of ReT teachers and were treated as general-line teachers,” said a representative of the forum.
The aggrieved teachers say they were given yearly salary increments, time-bound promotion and benefits of 6th pay commission in the past just like other state government employees.
“But unfortunately, the government this year started treating us as contractual employees and denied benefits of 7th pay Commission,” said a protesting teacher.
“We will also organise a massive rally at Pratap Park on Eid day to register our protest against government’s non-serious attitude about resolving our genuine demands,” the teachers forum said.
The government has constituted a high level five-member committee to review the issue of SSA teachers’ demands and suggest measures for addressing the issue.