By Insha Latief
Srinagar: A scandalous delay in payment to the schoolteachers undergoing training in district institute of education and training (DIET) has surfaced but the authorities brush aside the issue as “trivial”.
The teachers undergoing training and teaching practice courses under various schemes are entitled to per diem under various scales ranging between Rs 300 to Rs 700 but the DIET authorities delay the payments on various pretexts. Teachers say that the delay is a standard method to usurp the money. The payments have not been made since 2012.
“Whenever we ask for payments, the DIET staff promises to release it soon but never a penny has being paid,”
Ruqaya Altaf, a teacher from Srinagar zone said.
Ashiq Nabi, a teacher from Zaldagar zone said he is waiting for the per diem payment since 2012. “The DIET gets a lot of funds for trainings but they are misused. This lends a huge impact on the efficacy of training programmes,” Nabi said.
He said the training programmes have been designed intelligently with provision of payment for the participant teachers but in Kashmir, this method has been misused and exploited by the vested interests. The weeklong of 10-day training programs are conducted in DIETs across the Valley.
The teachers complain that the details of per diem are not explained to them. “They (DIET staff) take bank details from us but never transfer the money. The issue requires proper investigation,” teachers say.
The teachers say that the organisers of the training programmes also “earn” money on stationary and refreshments.
“The participants are provided below standard stationary and refreshments even as large amounts are earmarked for the purpose,” Sadia, an aggrieved teacher said.
Nahid Nelofar, Principal DIET denied the allegations as trivial and frivolous. “We have asked the participants to furnish account details, even through newspapers. Many times the account details are incorrect that causes delay in payments,” Nelofar told Kashmir Reader.
“Whatever funds we have, we utilize them on trainings. We have to get resource persons, payments and provide good refreshment. I personally check the refreshments for quality,” she said.