‘Punished for the sins of others’
Srinagar: Scores of government teachers under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Masters Forum (JKMF) staged a demonstration here on Wednesday to press for the implementation of seventh pay commission.
The protesters demanded immediate implementation the pay commission and delinking of their salaries from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). They also demanded their transfers to their parent department School Education from the SSA.
Hundreds of masters from education department, while chanting slogans and holding banners which read, “We want justice”, and “implement 7th pay commission,” gathered in Pratap Park and later marched towards press enclave Srinagar.
The protesting teachers claimed that they were recruited through Service Selection and Recruitment Board (SSRB) and promoted by the DSEK on seniority basis and questioned why they were not eligible for seventh pay commission.
“Despite being recruited like other regular government employees we are being denied the benefit of seventh pay commission, and our salaries are being stuck from last four month under SSA,” said JKMF president, Mohammad Akram.
Akram said that, they have nothing to do with SSA policies and central schemes, and are being “pushed” and “ignored” by the concerned department.
“We are paying for the sins we have not committed,” JKMF spokesperson, Javid Ahmad told Reader.
The protesters appealed Governor to intervene in the issue at earliest.
Around 4200 Masters in the JKMF have threatened that they would go for infinite hunger cum pen down strike if their demands are not met at the earliest.