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Teachers to intensify agitation in Meghalaya
Correspondent Shillong, Apr 30
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Published on 30 Apr. 2010 11:23 PM IST
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Thousands of school teachers in Meghalaya today intensified their agitation to put pressure on the government to implement the revised pay scale of the Fourth Pay Commission. Over 4,000 deficit school teachers have been agitating for nearly a month now, demanding extension of the revised payscale, including 40 per cent arrears.
“We have decided to wear black badges from Monday to put presssure on the government to implement the new revised pay scale,” Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers Association (KJDSTA) President ED Nongsiang said.
The agitating teachers also “dared” the government to take action against the teachers, and said, “If action is taken, we will only
intensify our agitation.” However, the deficit school teachers from across the state would resume their duties from Monday until the next phase of agitational programme is announced.
Earlier in the day, the KJDSTA president while addressing a protest rally here, said, “Teachers are being treated as third class citizens by bureaucrats and politicians. We are considered a burden to the government since if the money is released, not even a pie can be pocketed by those in power.”
He added : “We cannot share the bread and butter with the masters, but we can only lick the crumbs that fall from their table.”
Stating that deficit teachers have been reduced to “debtors” as the government releases their salary just once in three or four months, Nongsiang said the Fourth Pay Commission should have been simultaneously extended to the deficit school teachers along with the government employees.
Infact, Meghalaya cabinet on April 27 approved to extend the benefits of the Fourth Pay Commission to all deficit school teachers.
The cabinet decided that all deficit school teachers in the state will get the new revised pay scale with retrospective effect from January 2007 and the same will be disbursed from April 2010.
The annual financial implication is expected to be around Rs.150 crore. There are 7,172 teachers working in 4,123 deficit schools (3850 Lower Primary schools, 136 Upper Primary schools, 121 secondary schools and 16 higher secondary schools) in Meghalaya.

 
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