Given the delay in releasing the state component, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has withheld the Central share meant for the salaries of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers.
Following state government's attitude to release the money, the SSA teachers in J&K are without salaries from past six months.
Fumed with the move, Jammu Kashmir Teachers Forum has threatened to stage a protest on September 16 if the government failed to release all the pending salaries of SSA teachers.
"Teachers are going through tough times given the delay in their salaries. They are subjected to mental torture as their kids are facing humiliation in schools for not clearing their monthly dues," said President Jammu Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) Abdul Qayoom Wani, adding that the teachers have always become easy victims of government's incompetence in utilizing the central schemes.
"It is the teacher who suffers on ground. Government is not taking the matter seriously but forcing teaching community to hit streets. The government should clear the pending salaries of SSA teachers on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha," he said.
Sources in the department said the officials in MHRD have asked the state government to release the state share and produce a utilization certificate of the same to get the Central share to clear the liability of SSA teachers.
"MHRD has its funds available but state government is playing spoilsport. There is lack of coordination between planning and education departments which has resulted in delay of the salaries," the sources said.
Officials said they need around Rs 600 crore to clear all the pending liability of salary for which Rs Rs 500 crore is to be released by MHRD and Rs 100 crore by state government. "The irony is that Rs 500 is ready to be released but the failure of the state government to release the Rs 100 crore as its share is delaying the whole process and liabilities are piling up for the department," sources said.
Meanwhile, officials said the Education department held several meetings with the Joint Director Planning and the department was assured that funds would be released in a week's time. "But several weeks have passed but the state share has not been released so far," they said.