By Aaqid Andrabi
SRINAGAR: Despite the claims made the government in revolutionising the Education department and streamlining its activities, the Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers of the state, including those under the Sarwa Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), are without salaries for the past five months.
The teachers have been protesting the issue consistently, but with the recent changes at the helm of the Education ministry, the teachers say that have paused the protest for some days.
“We are calling off our protest for some days as the new minister needs to be apprised of our economic and professional imbroglio” Farooq Ahmad Tantray, Chairman J&K ReT Forum told Kashmir Reader. Altaf Bukhari replaces Naeem Akhtar as the minister of education last week.
Tantray said that as many as 65,000 ReT teachers within the Kashmir division including 40,000 teachers enrolled under the SSA are without salary for the last five months. The SSA teachers, he said, were hired to organize and streamline the deteriorated government education sector. “We are executing our duties with dedication and sincerity, why are we being deprived of something that we deserve and need to have at the proper time. We also are men of families and we need to put food on our tables,” said Tantray. “We have been running from post to pillar just to plead our cause but since nothing came out of it we took to the streets. Our plan is to submit memorandums at every district administrative headquarters and ask them to forward the same to the Div. Commissioner so that our issues get resolved,” he said.
Tantray also reiterated the demand of ReT teachers for introducing the provisions of transfers.
“All the teachers under this scheme have been stagnant at the very same place for 15 years now and no transfer policy seems to be there for us. We demand that a transfer policy should be framed and accordingly the transfers be made in our circles,” he said.
Talking about the pending salaries of the ReT’s Director School Education, Rajeev Ranjan said,
When asked about the issue of salaries not being disbursed to the complainants, he had to say, “This is an unfortunate turn of events and we are doing whatever we can to ensure everyone associated with our department get their salaries on time.” However, on the provision of transfers, Ranjan said the administrative department has to take a decision regarding the transfer policy.
“They were recruited on the basis of their nativity and their respective domiciles was taken in consideration at the time of their appointments” he said.
State Project Director SSA could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.