SSA teachers to intensify stir

About 40,000 Sarva Shilksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers on Saturday intensified their protests across the state, and many held demonstrations here to press for their demand of salary according to 7th pay commission recommendations.
SSA teachers to intensify stir
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About 40,000 Sarva Shilksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers on Saturday intensified their protests across the state, and many held demonstrations here to press for their demand of salary according to 7th pay commission recommendations. 

"The protest was held for the implementation of 7th pay commission on SSA teachers and head teachers and linking of their salaries with the state budget," said president JKTF Abdul Qayoom Wani.

"If the issue is not resolved, the protest programmes shall be intensified," Wani said.

The protesting teachers have been demanding de-linking of their salary which was earlier set according to a scheme by the union ministry of human resources development (MHRD). 

The SSA teachers at the time of their recruitment were engaged on the analogy of ReT teachers by the then government and were  regularised after completing five years of their service in the education department.

However, the present government has denied benefits of 7th pay commission to them as has been approved for other state government employees.

Pertinently, all SSA teachers were granted benfit of 6th pay commission by the previous regime.On Saturday, the teachers in good numbers hit the streets in all districts of the state amid anti government slogans demanded the salary revision. 

The SSA teachers have been on a collision course with the government ever since they were excluded from benefits of the 7th pay commission. 

The SSA teachers argue at the time of their recruitment they were engaged on the analogy of ReT teachers which entitles them for regularisation and all benefits granted to other state government employees.

Wani of JKTF said all the forums of the teaching community will meet on Sunday to chalk out a further course of action, appealing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her personal intervention to resolve the issue.

As the protests continue, the education minister, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali announced a new high level committee for talking to all stakeholders in order to ensure speedy resolution to the issue of SSA teachers.

"The present dispensation is well aware of issues faced by SSA teachers and everything possible would be done to mitigate their hardships. Administration is tirelessly working to find an appropriate full-time solution to the issues of SSA teachers," the minister said.

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