Srinagar: Accusing the government of depriving them of the benefits of the 7th pay commission, over 41,000 Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers (ReTs) have threatened to go on strike from June 11.
While the state employees have received their salaries for the month as per the 7th pay commission, the government has released the ReTs’ salaries for April “as per 6th pay commission,” President J&K ReT Teachers Forum, Farooq Ahmad Tantray told Kashmir Reader.
Being state employees, Tantray said, “We were expecting the benefits of the 7th pay commission”.
“They have deprived us of the benefits of the 7th pay commission…We are not daily wagers. We have a proper service book and there are proper service rules for us,” he added.
Tantray said the ReTs had already availed the benefits of the 6th pay commission.
“Why did they give us the benefits of the 6th pay commission then?” he asked .
Given the failure of the government to provide them the benefits of the 7th pay commission, the ReTs, Tantray said “will go on strike from June 11 (Monday)”.
“We decided in the executive meeting (held Wednesday) that we will boycott classes in all the primary and middle schools on June 11. The same day, we will protest at the respective zonal offices,” Tantray said.
Besides boycotting classes on June 13, Tantray said that the teachers “will hold a sit in at the respective offices of the Deputy Commissioners (DCs)”.
“We will again be boycotting classes on June 14,” he further said.
“We are giving an ultimatum to the government that if it fails to provide us the benefits of 7th pay commission, we will intensify our strike after Id-ul-Fitr,” Tantray warned.
The ReT teachers strike is likely to affect academic work at hundreds of primary and middle schools where they are posted in strength.
Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah asked this reporter to “talk to State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)”, A R War over the matter as the ReTs have been recruited under the SSA scheme in the state.
War however did not respond to calls and messages made by this reporter.
Education Minister, Chowdhry Zulfikar could not be contacted either as his number was out of reach.