Demanding release of their salary as per recommendations of 7th pay commission, hundreds of SSA teachers staged peaceful protests in Pulwama and Shopian districts of South Kashmir.
Scores of teachers from different villages on Wednesday assembled in front of deputy commissioner Pulwama’s office and staged a protest to demand release of their pending salaries as per recommendations of 7thcommission.
Ferooz Ahmad one among the protesting SSA teachers said that they were engaged in education department in 2003 and were regularised after five years of satisfactory performance. He said that then government issued them regularisation orders and were given increments, promotions and other service benefits from time to time.
“Recently government sanctioned release of rupees 143 crore as salary for SSA teachers. Our salary has been fixed as per recommendations of 6thpay commission and we denied accepting it,” he said, adding that they will accept their salary only as per 7th pay commission.
The SSA teachers said that around 4 lakh employees have been brought under 7th pay commission but 41 thousand SSA teachers were ignored.
The teachers further demanded that their salary be de-linked and should be paid out of state budget.
“It was former finance minister Haseeb Drabu who announced that he has kept a separate budget provision for SSA teachers and their salary will paid from state budget,” Sheeraz Ahmad, another SSA teacher said, adding that it was his idea to de-link our salaries and government shouldn’t backtrack now.
Similar demands were put forward by SSA teachers in Shopian who too staged a protest in premises of deputy commissioner Shopian’s office.
The government is creating confusion by announcing on social media that April-May salary for SSA teachers has been sanctioned for release.
“We demand not only salary but honor of been brought under provisions of 7th pay commission,” the teachers said.
The teachers threaten to boycott class work on 14 of June. “We will go on mass leave on 14 of June,” a teacher said, adding that they have decided not to celebrate coming Eid and will abscond from their houses on Eid day because they have no courage to face their parents and children with empty pockets.