Budgam teachers resent delay in salaries over ‘info submission’

Budgam teachers resent delay in salaries over ‘info submission’
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IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: Teachers in central Kashmir’s Budgam district are complaining that salaries of many of them are being unprecedentedly delayed, for “merely non-submission” of information, even as authorities say that the schools the teachers are posted at were defaulting on crucial data.
The teachers said that there was “no abdication of duty” on their part and alleged the Chief Education Officer Budgam has been delaying the monthly salaries of scores of them, of late.
“Even though the department releases our salary well in time, the CEO is delaying it adding to our woes,” a teacher alleged.
“Why don’t they hold the particular DDO defaulting on the information accountable? Why delay salary of all then teachers at a school?” he asked.
“On one hand, we perform our duties throughout the academic year and were even deployed for election duties but on the other hand we are being deprived of our dues in time,” he added.
In a statement issued Saturday, the Plus Two Lecturers Association called the “(mal) practice” as “unconstitutional”.
The association said that the monthly salary of the teachers was being delayed by “CEOs of various districts”.
It said that the CEOs were setting an “undesirable precedence” as salaries of teachers were “withheld for merely non submission or furnishing of certain necessary information on part of their DDOs (Drawing and Disbursing Officers)”.
“Instead of putting the concerned defaulter DDOs to the task, the hard earned salary of the whole subordinate staff is kept withheld for none of their fault. This type of official negligence is harassment for the teaching fraternity, has no constitutional concurrence and is in violation of the laid down service rules,” alleged the association.
The association has asked the department higher ups “to take note of this unconstitutional practice and stop it at earliest”.
CEO Budgam, Abdul Ravouf Shahmari told Kashmir Reader that the “precautionary step” was taken by them as 24 schools in the district had been defaulting on “crucial” information.
“In fact the plans for the districts are framed on the basis of the data the schools had failed to furnish,” he added.
While there were over a thousand schools in the district in total, Shahmari asked, “Why have only 24 schools defaulted on the information?”
Shahmari said that the teachers had defaulted on the information regarding SDMIS (Student Database Management Information System).
He also added that the salaries of the teachers in the districts had been cleared as on date.