Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today said that Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers recruited under centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme are without salaries for the past more than six months.
"Every month they are made to beg for the release of their own salaries. The government has miserably failed to maintain uniformity in release of funds from the State Project Director (SPD) of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to the respective districts." Saroori said in a statement.
"Teachers are going through tough times given the delay in their salaries. They are subjected to mental torture as their whole family suffers due to the delay in release of their salary," Saroori said and added that the teachers in hilly twin districts of Kishtwar and Doda are worst hit as the government has denied their salaries from November while as in other districts the government has withheld the salaries of teachers since December and January.
Saroori requested Education Minister Altaf Bukhari to take up the matter with the authorities concerned for releasing the all pending salaries.
On Aadhaar card enrolment issue, Saroori questioned the purpose of linking various utility services with Aadhaar, as most of the people in Jammu and Kashmir were yet to get the cards due to non-payment of dues by the PDP-BJP government to the agency designated to issue unique identification numbers and half of the population in hilly and rural areas are left out.
"It is ironical to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various schemes notwithstanding the fact that a sizable segment of population is yet to be covered under Aadhaar programme," senior Congress leader said.
Saroori said such a decision reflects the disconnect of the "insensitive coalition government with the people."
He said the "non-seriousness of the government in bringing the entire population under the Aadhaar net is deplorable".
"Linking Aadhaar with supply of rations will deprive people, especially those living in rural and far-flung areas, from the food support due to unrealistic policies and poor governance," Senior Congress leader said.
He urged the government either to withdraw this rider or ensure Aadhaar cards to every citizen on war-footing basis before the deadline of June 2017.
"Government should take effective steps to ensure Aadhaar is given to all the left out persons without any further delay in hilly and rural areas including Tanta, Gugara, Batogra, Kahara, Chabba, Goila, Drought, Kansoo, Kencha, Bathri, Bhatyas, Jakyas, Bitola, Thathri, Phagsoo, Inderala, Kandoth, Pernote, Cheera, Bunjwah, Patnazi, Kither, Burdhar, Nali, Tipri Patshalla, Jawalapur, Binoon, Drabshalla, Badhat, Bugrana, Tatani, Saroor, Kukerwas, Dugga, Lass, Nagbatna, Kandani, Sarthal, Moharwari, Angara, Poora Chandali, Bhagra, Keshwan, Sarawan, Sirgwari, Thakrie, Kuirya, Mangthalla, Dadpeth, Sigdi, Pahalgam, Bhata, Kuchal, Simbole, Basha, Mugalmaidan, Chatroo, Guninal, Chingam, Passerkote, Singpora, Kakerwagan, Bonda, Batwari areas of Doda and Kishtwar districts."