Shillong, August 15: The Sarva Shikhshya Abhiyan (SSA), teachers in Meghalaya on Wednesday accused government for not releasing their four months pending salaries and eight months Arrear salary of financial year 2016-17.
In a press statement issued by the President of Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) Central Body, Aristotle C Rymbai said, “Over 12481 teachers, working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan schools have not been paid salaries for 4 months including the eight months arrear salary of financial year 2016-17 by the State Government.”
“SSA teachers are into depression and irked, continued depression of teachers’ wages may harm the quality of schooling in Meghalaya,” he said.
The SSA teachers association has urged the state government to come up with it vision and magnanimity.
The MSSASA president also said, day by day the sufferings of these 12481 teachers is turning out to be a humanitarian crisis which needs immediate attention of the Government as it is never easy to survive in the contemporary times without bread and food, besides these the teachers also have to make arrangements of taxi and bus fare to reach their respective schools to perform their duty entrusted to them especially those SSA teachers working in rural and remote areas in the State.
“We have been without salary for the last four months and no immediate solution seems visible till date and its not only an issue of 12481 SSA teachers but also a question of survival of thousands of people that comprise the families of these teachers. It’s the most delicate issue of education of scores of children and survival of elderly parents of these teacher”, Rymbai arrested.
Rymbai said that the SSA teachers had served more than 15 years to promote elementary education right from the grassroots level and its times for the State Government to come up with it vision and magnanimity in realizing that it isn’t just about SSA teachers, their salaries, streamlining or acceptance but it is also a matter of the future generation which is suffering for no reason.