SRINAGAR: Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers working under the centrally sponsored scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are without salaries for the past five months.
“We have not received salary since November. It is very hard to carry on your job without getting the salary,” Tasleema, a regularized teacher said.
The teachers say that it is not for the first time that they have been deprived of their salaries for month together.
“We have been trying to focus on our duty in a highly professional manner but the erratic payment of salaries is a cause of worry. It hampers our output. A teacher should teach without any kind of stress,” said Farkhanda, another teacher.
The situation is tougher for teachers who are yet to get regularized. Basit, a teacher, works on Rs 3000 per month. “We are working on peanuts and even this salary is not being paid on a regular basis. We have family responsibility of our shoulders. How can we run our homes without getting salary?” Basit said adding he has been working in a shop after school hours so that he could support his family.
Another teacher runs a business of carpets, “This is a routine now. Our salary is never released on time. But we have no other option. We too have to take care of our family,” said Amir.
Saughat Biswas, State Project Director Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan said that the pending salary of two months has been released. “After darbar move, rest of the pending salary will be released,” he said.