SHILLONG, June 8 - Teachers of deficit schools and colleges will receive a revised pay scale under the Fifth Pay Commission with effect from January 1, 2017.
The decision was announced after a Cabinet meeting here today. �We have revised the pay scale of the deficit school and college teachers and they will get the revised pay from next month,� State Education Minister Lakmen Rymbui said.
There are over 5,000 employees who stand to benefit from this decision of the State Government.
These teachers were demanding a hike in their pay scale after the State Government implemented the revised pay scale last year.
Rymbui said the decision would cost the State exchequer an additional Rs 84 crore annually. �The arrears will be paid to the deficit teachers in four instalments,� the Education Minister added.
�The Government will need an amount of Rs 126 crore for payment of the arrears from January 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018,� Rymbui said, adding that the department will work out with the Finance Minister for payment of the first instalment of the arrears.
On the number of deficit teachers in the State, the Education Minister stated that in the deficit secondary schools, the total number of non-teaching staff is 322 and the teaching staff is 1,921. In the deficit higher secondary schools, Rymbui said that the total number of teaching staff is 129 and the number of non-teaching staff is 57.
He further stated that the total number of teaching staff in the deficit pattern is 85, while the total number of non-teaching staff is 17.
Replying to a query, he said that as of now, the State Government is spending around Rs 278.39 crore on the salaries of deficit schools annually.
�With the implementation of the new pay scale, the Government will be spending more than Rs 300 crore annually on the salaries,� the Education Minister said.