SHILLONG, Aug 19: Teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) under the banner of All Meghalaya Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan School Teachers Association (AMSSASTA) have decided to put their proposed agitation under suspension after the state government assured of releasing four month pending salaries immediately.
The teachers had earlier decided to hold sit-in-demonstrations in different districts of the state to pressurize the state government to release their pending salary within August 20.
Altogether 12,481 teachers working in SSA-sponsored schools were on a stir demanding release of their salaries for the past one and half months.
However Meghalaya chief minister Conrqd K Sangma assured a delegation of the teachers that four-month’s salaries will be released soon, AMSSASTA president, L. Marngar told reporters on Saturday.
The chief minister has explained the reasons for the delay on the part of the Union government’s Project Approval Board (PAB) to take a decision on the matter, Marngar said.
Earlier, the Meghalaya chief minister had urged the teachers’ association not to go ahead with the agitation and assured that the government would do its best to release the pending salary.
Marngar informed that the decision to reduce the salary of SSA upper primary school teachers from Rs 20,493 to Rs 20,000 as well as SSA lower primary teachers from Rs 19,000 to 15,000 was also raised up during the meeting with the SSA state project director.
The association demanded that the salary of SSA teachers should be released every month.
The chief minister has assured the association to release the arrear for disbursement to teachers without any further delay after the state government receives the funds from the ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
While the matter is being pursued with the MHRD, the chief minister informed that payment of arrear salary can’t be done at present as there were some necessary requirements need to be done and it will take some more time.
It may be mention that recently the chief minister met the officials of MHRD in New Delhi for releasing of funds to Meghalaya for payment of SSA Teachers salary of current academic year which is pending for 4 months.