Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today urged the agitating teachers of deficit school in the state to be patient and resume their duties in the interest of the students.
"I fail to understand their ire when the government has already acceded to their requests for increase in their emoluments. The government is totally committed towards keeping the promise made but then due to extreme financial constraints it was taking a little time," Sangma said.
With teachers of deficit schools across the state striking work demanding release of 40 per cent arrears and timely disbursement of salaries, puja ‘vacation’ for school kids have effectively begun a full one week ahead of the actual festivities.
Functioning at the 300 odd deficit schools in the State has been severely affected as about 2,400 teachers under the banner of the Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers’ Association (KJDSTA) and Garo Hills Deficit School Teachers and Employees Association (GHDSTEA) went on an indefinite strike from Monday.
Altogether 50,000 students are enrolled in deficit schools. "The strike is being observed peacefully in all the districts of the state," organizing secretary of the KJDSTA, Babukular Khongjirem said.
"We will continue with the indefinite strike because the government has not given in to our the demands," he iterated even as he appealed to students and parents to bear with the teachers. The state government is required to garner an additional amount of Rs 51 crore in order to pay the 40 per cent arrears to the deficit schoolteachers as recommended by the 4th Pay Commission.
The government had said it would examine the funds position, before releasing arrears. The indefinite strike is the fourth phase of agitation by the teachers who started the protest in April this year.