SOPORE: The contractual teachers of government Women’s Degree College of Sopore have not received their salaries from the past six months. The authorities of the college have sustained the faculty on unfulfilled promises of paying the outstanding salaries.
The teachers have been engaged under pool fund but the salaries have not been released despite pen down strike two days back.
Wajidul Islam, a representative of the contractual teachers said that the authorities did not release their salaries for last six months and when we held a strike a few days back we were paid an amount of Rs 10,000 each which is less than 10% of the outstanding salary.
He said the teachers face immense hardships due to nonpayment of salaries.
“I have a family of five and every day I have to travel from Tujjar Sharief to Sopore to attend my duties. I have borrowed money from my friends and relatives to support my family and pay the conveyance fare,” he said.
He said the nonpayment of salary has affected the quality of teaching as teachers have lost interest and motivation.
“We approached the concerned authorities a lot of times but all we get is a tall claim and fake assurances by the higher authorities. If our salaries are not released immediately, we will not be able to even pay for our travel fare”, Wahid told Kashmir Reader.
“We want our issue to be resolved before winter vacations starting next week,” he said.
Principal of the college Prof Abdul Majeed told Kashmir Reader that the file has been sent to Nodal Principal at Amar Singh College and the college has been assured that the issue will be resolved within few days.
The college is located near Sopore Mandi and is having a total roll of around 800 students studying different streams.