Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers start 15-hour protest, demand de-linking salaries from SSA

Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers start 15-hour protest, demand de-linking salaries from SSA
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Demanding delinking their salaries from the central government sponsored SSA, the J&K Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum (JKReTTF) Monday started a 15-hour long protest programme at the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Samandar Bagh here.
Hundreds of ReTs assembled at the DSEK in the afternoon to mount pressure on the state government to press for their demands.
The protest-which started on the Monday afternoon-will last till 1 AM midnight, the teachers said.
Raising slogans against the state government, the protesting teachers warned the government that if their demands were not met, they would sit on protest even on the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday like they did on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr this year, hundreds of ReTs had assembled in Pratap Park in the city centre and offered the congregational Eid prayers there to press for their demands.
The ReTs have already announced lockdown of schools on Monday and Tuesday.
The ReTs’ protest comes days after the state government released salary of two months in favour of teachers.
President JKReTTF, Farooq Ahmad Tantray has called the released salaries by the state government for the month of February as “insufficient”.
While the ReTs have already availed the benefits of 6th pay commission, the government has deprived them of the 7th pay commission, which has already been announced for the other government employees from April this year.
Tantray alleged that the salaries released for teachers for February were insufficient even as per the 6th pay commission.
He said that the insufficient salary is “unacceptable” to the teachers.
Because their salary gets delayed by months together, the ReTs have long been demanding that the state government should pay them from its own budget as “we are their own employees”.
Things have gone worse for the ReTs post the merger of the SSA and RMSA schemes into Samagra from this year as there has been a drastic reduction in the salary component of the teachers working under the erstwhile twin schemes.
While as around Rs 1,600 crore were approved by the MHRD last year only for the salary of teachers working under SSA, an official said that the amount approved by the government of India this year was meant to be spent on the salary of teachers working both under SSA and RMSA.