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SSA teachers threaten stir over non-release of salaries

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TURA, Nov 2 - SSA teachers under the aegis of the All Garo Hills SSA School Teachers� Association (AGHSSASTA) have once again written to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma seeking early release of their four months� salaries that have been pending with the state government.

The prayer for their salary release was made through the office of the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills (WGH) today. The salaries of the teachers have remained unpaid since July this year.

�This has caused us extreme hardship � physically, emotionally, economically and mentally � as we have not been able to meet our financial needs for our family and our children,� said the release by the teachers.

The teachers lamented that the salaries have been on hold even during the time of the pandemic, when their struggle for a meaningful life was as bad, if not worse than that of others.

Interestingly, no other state in the country has reported delay in payment of salaries to SSA teachers or otherwise, with Meghalaya being unique in the mess. In most states, SSA teachers are being paid at par with those of government school teachers, while in Meghalaya the situation is otherwise.

Subsequent governments through the years have not changed the status quo, with SSA teachers continually having to forgo their salaries for months at a time.

�In other states, SSA teachers have been paid regularly. But in Meghalaya, SSA teachers have to build the nation while serving on empty stomachs. This is beyond our ability and capacity,� they added.

The teachers added that if the situation continued and the government failed to clear their dues, most of the SSA schools would have single-digit enrolment, which, according to the new policy would mean shutting these schools down.

In their memo to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the teachers said that they had hoped for a better tomorrow when the CM had earlier stated that �Education as a top and first priority among all other departments�. They lamented that the ground situation has not changed at all.

Seeking immediate redress of their grievances, AGHSSASTA said that they would not be happy with the disbursal of 1-2 months� salaries. �The salaries of all 4 months should be cleared by the competent authorities. We have taken a decision that in case the state fails to release our salaries by November 5, we would have no other option than to launch an agitation from November 11,� the teachers added.

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SSA teachers threaten stir over non-release of salaries

TURA, Nov 2 - SSA teachers under the aegis of the All Garo Hills SSA School Teachers� Association (AGHSSASTA) have once again written to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma seeking early release of their four months� salaries that have been pending with the state government.

The prayer for their salary release was made through the office of the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills (WGH) today. The salaries of the teachers have remained unpaid since July this year.

�This has caused us extreme hardship � physically, emotionally, economically and mentally � as we have not been able to meet our financial needs for our family and our children,� said the release by the teachers.

The teachers lamented that the salaries have been on hold even during the time of the pandemic, when their struggle for a meaningful life was as bad, if not worse than that of others.

Interestingly, no other state in the country has reported delay in payment of salaries to SSA teachers or otherwise, with Meghalaya being unique in the mess. In most states, SSA teachers are being paid at par with those of government school teachers, while in Meghalaya the situation is otherwise.

Subsequent governments through the years have not changed the status quo, with SSA teachers continually having to forgo their salaries for months at a time.

�In other states, SSA teachers have been paid regularly. But in Meghalaya, SSA teachers have to build the nation while serving on empty stomachs. This is beyond our ability and capacity,� they added.

The teachers added that if the situation continued and the government failed to clear their dues, most of the SSA schools would have single-digit enrolment, which, according to the new policy would mean shutting these schools down.

In their memo to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the teachers said that they had hoped for a better tomorrow when the CM had earlier stated that �Education as a top and first priority among all other departments�. They lamented that the ground situation has not changed at all.

Seeking immediate redress of their grievances, AGHSSASTA said that they would not be happy with the disbursal of 1-2 months� salaries. �The salaries of all 4 months should be cleared by the competent authorities. We have taken a decision that in case the state fails to release our salaries by November 5, we would have no other option than to launch an agitation from November 11,� the teachers added.

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