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Ganderbal 24 May【KNZ】:- Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers Zone Hariganwan in Ganderbal district working under centrally sponsored Scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) today protested here for the delinking of their salaries and demanded release of pending wages.

The protesting teachers assembled in front of the ZEO office here and demanded delinking of their salaries. Holding placards in their hands and raising anti-government slogans and expressed strong resentment against the government for not fulfilling their genuine demands.

Our main demand is delinking of SSA salaries from Central MHRD plan and creating budgetary posts for SSA teachers under state’s normal plan, so that teachers get salaries at the end of every month”, said Imtiyaz Ahmad a protesting teacher. Adding “we have to wait for months for the release of our dues and this adversely affect the academics in schools”.

He urged the government to come in the rescue of families of thousands of SSA teachers of the state and not to force them to leave their schools and come on roads as they don’t have such intention which can make suffer lakhs of poor students.

“We are pushed to wall and our families are facing starvation. The delay in release of salary has made life hell,” Zonal President ReT Teachers Forum Khurshid Ahmad Bajard said.

He said, “Tall claims and assurances of former Education Minister to regulate and streamline SSA salaries have fallen flat on ground and teachers are compelled to hit the streets for highlighting their plight”.

He appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari and education minister to personally intervene in this matter so that thousands of SSA teachers of the state may not suffer anymore otherwise ReT teachers would not have any option than to lock the schools for indefinite period and for this extreme step the government will be personally responsible.

Others who spoke on the occasion are Muzaffar Ahmad Raina, Shahid Baba, Mir Mushtaq, Sheikh Shabir, Amir Raina, and Qaiser Ahmad.KNZ