On teacher’s day, ReTs go on mass leave

On teacher’s day, ReTs go on mass leave
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Thousands of Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers (ReTs) regularised as general line teachers under the ReT scheme have submitted mass casual leaves in protest on the occasion of teachers day to be celebrated on Wednesday
The teachers-majority of whom have been regularised by the state government under the ReT scheme started in 2000-decided to abstain from celebrations on the Teachers Day this year after the government denied them the 7th pay commission benefits announced for the rest of the state government employees from April.
The teachers said they would observe the day as “Black Day”.
The salary of the teachers gets delayed by months since the then state government in 2004 mingled the ReT scheme with the government of India’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) launched in the same year.
The government has even denied the teachers the monthly increments, which they are entitled to, they say.
In a letter written by the J&K ReT Forum to deputy commissioners across the state, the teachers have complained that they were “without salaries and the authorities have also denied 7th pay commission benefits, regularisation and time-bound promotion” to them.
The forum has said that under these circumstances, it “has decided to observe 5th September as black day instead of teachers’ day”.
“Hence, we submit mass casual leave for aforementioned date (September 5),” reads the letter.
The aggrieved teachers will assemble at Sheri-Kashmir Park near Polo View in the city and will observe Teachers’ Day as ‘Black Day’, Chairman JKRETTF, Farooq Ahmad Tantray told Kashmir Reader.
Tantray said that the teachers had, in protest, decided to boycott all official functions scheduled for the day.
While the state government has denied them the 7th pay commission benefits and monthly increments, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), decided a massive cut in the teachers’ salaries, causing a 50 percent deficit in the salary component adding further to the teachers’ woes.
The teachers who have already availed increments under 6th pay commission, question the government’s decision to withhold 7th pay commission and other benefits in their favour.
They further allege that the government had kept them in dark while implementing the ReT scheme in the year 2000, which had the provision of regularizing all of them after serving for the first 5 years on consolidation basis.