As many as 10,000 teachers employed by government schools in Punjab under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) recently received half of their salaries due for the month of August.
Under the Rashtriya Madhmik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) category of SSA, only one half of their salary due for the month of August was paid to the teachers as per the information collected from the office of Director General School Education (DGSE), reported Indian daily the Indian Express.
Tired of their salaries being delayed by as much as two to three months, government teachers have expressed their displeasure with the cash-strapped Punjab state government. A government school teacher also told a newspaper that there is no information when the remaining amount owed to them would be released.
Official records point out that 4,000 out of the 14,090 SSA/RMSA teachers’ posts continue to lie vacant due to the expected delay in salary disbursement. A large number of attrition amongst the government teachers in the state was reported earlier this year.
Also See: Navodya Vidyalayas get 5 lakh jump in registrations, over 27 lakh students register for this yearGurpreet Singh, President of the SSA/RMSA Teachers Union told the media that teachers’ salaries are usually delayed by 3-4 months, but whenever the government releases the pending salary for a month or two, it is always full salary for the month/months.
This is the first time that the teachers have got only a half-month salary, he added.
Earlier last week, the Supreme Court stayed the Uttarakhand High Court order to stop the salaries of state education department officials for January 2018 if government-run schools in the state were not equipped with basic amenities.
The High Court, in its June 30 order had directed the BJP-led Uttarakhand government to equip all government schools in the state with basic amenities by December. Adding that failure to comply with the order will result in the non-payment of salaries for the month of January 2018 to all gazetted officers in the education department including principal secretary (education), secretary (education), deputy secretary (education), [and] all the directors in the education department.