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M’laya SSA teachers to launch indefinite protest from July 18

Correspondent

The Meghalaya SSA School Teachers Association (MSSASA) on Friday declared to launch an indefinite sit-in protest near the additional secretariat from Monday (July 18) to pressurise the government to give in to their demand.
The announcement by the MSSASA came after a failed meeting with the Secretary Education R Rapthap as the government didn’t give in to their demands.
According to the teachers, the government has assured that it would release only two months pending salaries, which was rejected by the SSA teachers. MSSASA President, Aristotle Rymbai said that one of the prime demands is the release of their pending salaries.
He said the SSA teachers have not received their salaries for the months of February and March (financial year 2001-2002) and for the months of April, May and June during this fiscal year. Moreover, the SSA teachers are demanding that their salaries be enhanced.
“We (SSA teachers) received our last enhancement in their salaries in 2016. The government should assure that in future there would be more allocation in the state budget for Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan,” Rymbai said.
The SSA teachers are also demanding that all existing SSA teachers should be shifted from State Implementation Society to State Education department as per provision of SSA-RTE norms. The announcement of the protest comes after a similar protest was undertaken by ad hoc school teachers recently. The ad hoc school teachers camped outside the secretariat and then adjacent to the additional secretariat for a week demanding for their salary hike and annual increment.
Under pressured, the Conrad Sangma-led government partially yielded to their demand and enhanced the ad hoc school teachers’ salaries, however, there was no discussion on the annual increment.
The Education department has time and again rued over paucity of funds in the department.
On the SSA teachers’ salaries, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui had said that the central government is yet to release its share of the salaries for these SSA teachers hence the delay in release of their salaries.

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