Despite tall claims by the government and assurances by the deputy commissioner, teachers, clerks and helpers employed under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) scheme have not received their salaries for the past 19 months.
The members of NCLP school staff welfare committee held a protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office on Monday.
Vinod Kumar, one of the members of the committee, said though the central government had hired the staff to empower the marginalised sections, they had not paid the teachers and other workers for the past 19 months.
“About 135 teachers, helpers, cooks and clerks are deprived of salaries since a long time. It becomes difficult to manage daily expenses without salaries,” Kumar said.
“We have to borrow money from our friends or get personal loans to make our ends meet and keep a cut on our desires. We request the government to atleast provide regular salaries,” said one of the teachers.
Iqbal Singh, president of the committee, said though they had been told that salary for the past six months had reached the treasurer’s office on Monday, they wanted their pay for the 19 months as soon as possible.
The teachers alleged they had requested the same and submitted the memorandum to the labour department and the deputy commissioner several times.
They said they had received assurances by the deputy commissioner 20 days ago but to no avail.
The teachers said if the government did not release their salaries before the end of this month, they would have no choice but to stop teaching.
The protesting teachers also demanded a merger of all the NCLP schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.