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PMO ‘positive reply’ to demand of M’laya teachers unpaid salaries

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 18 | Publish Date: 12/18/2020 1:30:23 PM IST

The Prime Minister’s Office has responded favourably to a ‘post card’ campaign of Samagra Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) school teachers in Meghalaya who had requested to release their unpaid salaries.

The agitating teachers had sent postcards in thousands to the PMO’s office recently requesting that the first instalment of their five month pending salaries is released. 

Over  12 thousand teachers were recruited by the Centre under SSA for 2,907 lower primary and 2,232 upper primary schools across the State.

Under SSA, the State and the Central government has a share in running the mission.  The share between the centre and the State is 90:10 in case of northeastern states. However, the centre has not released its share of the fund and so 12,541 elementary teachers employed in lower primary and upper primary schools across the state have not received their salaries.

“The Ministry of Finance has cleared the file for release of the funds of 1st instalment’ for Meghalaya after our postcard campaign information was received by the Prime Minister’s Office,” Meghalaya SSA Association, President Aristotle Rymbai said. 

Informing that the file is now with the Ministry of Education, Rymbai urged the Ministry to expedite the process to clear the file so that the fund is sanctioned to the State. “Yesterday, we contacted officials of the Ministry of Education and requested the Ministry to expedite the process and released the funds at the earliest possible to the State of Meghalaya,” Rymbai said.

On Tuesday, State Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui, expressed optimism that the Central government would release funds for clearing the pending salaries of SSA teachers before Christmas.


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