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Teachers to continue agitation in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 16:
Published on 17 Oct. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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The agitating school teachers in Meghalaya has decided to continue with their indefinite strike until the government issue an official notification on payment of their pending 40 per cent arrears as per the recommendations of the state Fourth Pay Commission.
On Thursday, the government issued a notification to release arrears of the agitating school teachers before Christmas as demanded by the teachers. “A notification to release the arrears of the deficit school teachers been issued and the order is with the Inspector of Schools,” Minister in-charge Education, M Ampareen Lyngdoh said.
However, the agitating teachers under the banner of - Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers’ Association (KJDSTA) and Garo Hills Deficit School Teachers’ and Employees’ Association (GHDSTEA) said their strike will be called off only after the association received the government’s notification.
“We have heard about the notification, but we cannot accept it unless we receive it (notification),” KJDSTA President, ED Nongsiang said.
The association would hold a teachers rally on October 20 to assess the so-called government notification and take a decision on how to go about it. The indefinite strike launched by the deficit school teachers over the past 11 days has affected 50000 students in the State.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma informed few days back that the government would release the arrears, running up to Rs 60 crore, before Christmas this year after “careful analysis of the State’s financial position.”
The state government had implemented the revised pay scales for all state government employees with retrospective effect from January 2007.

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