JAMUGURIHAT, July 15 � Eighteen teachers of Sonitpur district appointed on December 6, 1999 under OBB 4040 scheme in various ME schools vide government letter No. PMA 337/95/pt 1/ 152 dated 24.4.1998, had a harrowing time as they were not paid their monthly salaries from March 1, 2001 on flimsy grounds.
For example, Chandra Kanta Nath, a dedicated and efficient assistant teacher appointed in Kusumtola Anchalik ME School, Jamugurihat, in his retention order found his father Padma Kanta Nath�s name instead of his name and his retention was cancelled. As a result he suffered for more than 10 years.
Other teachers have also been deprived of their dues more or less on similar grounds. Running from pillar to post, and knocking the door of the Gauhati High Court twice (WP(C) 2856/2007 and Cop(C) 48/2011, Chandra Kanta Nath along with eight others ultimately were able to get justice.
Accordingly, they are to get their pay and allowances from March 1, 2001 to February 28, 2011 as arrears vide government letter No. EMPD-68/07/86 dated 6.6.11, and their services have been regularised with regular pay and allowances from March 1, 2011. Though Chandra Kanta Nath, Malladev Ramchiary and Om Prakash Satnami had got the order of payment, the other six, namely Robin Hazarika, Suman Kalita, Laxmi Kanta Kalita, Deva Saikia, Gitu Marak and Puspeswar Bhuyan are still to get their pay order. The fate of the remaining 9 teachers, namely Dipak Kataky, Gitali Devi Narah, Subrata Sikhar Guha, Momi Devi, Sultan Ahmed Khan, Kabita Das, Minati Borah, Biru Kanta Das and Mukul Hazarika still hangs in the balance though a few of them have joined on 9.7.99 and 22.11.99.
As nine of them got retention orders, and three of them payment orders, why the other nine were deprived is a mystery. The affected teachers in particular along with their families and people in general want payment orders for the remaining six and retention orders for the unfortunate nine, so that they may live a tension-free life.
The people have sought to draw the attention of the Education Minister in this regard.