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Teachers withdraw mass casual leave
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 9
Published on 9 Apr. 2010 11:41 PM IST
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School teachers in Meghalaya today called off their mass casual leave in protest against the government undue delay in releasing their revised pay.
Over 4,000 teachers under the banner of Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers Association (KJDSTA) and the Garo Hills Deficit School Teachers and Employees Association (GHDSTEA) are demanding extension of the revised pay scale of the Fourth Pay Commission including 40 percent arrears.
“We have decided to suspend our agitation after State Education Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh assured us that it would release the new revised pay scale as recommended by the 4th Pay Commission,” KJDSTA President ED Nongsiang said. He also informed that the government would clear the 40 per cent arrears after the re-assembled budget session in June.
“Teachers who are on evaluation duty have resumed to their duties after the government assurance,” Nongsiang said.
Meanwhile, the Education Minister said that the government is committed to attend to the various demands of the agitating teachers .
“The Government has earmarked Rs 183 crore for payment of the revised salary to the teachers including the 40 pc arrears,” she said.
Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Finance Mukul M Sangma said that for the deficit secondary schools, the additional liability is Rs 36.1 crore while the total funds required is Rs 88.9 crore.
“All the funds that have been referred above are connected with the non-planned” he said while adding that under the planned, the amount which will be required for the salaries is Rs 31 crore.

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