Clerical mistake: Finally, Jalandhar primary teachers get one-month salary
Ganesh Bhagat, general secretary of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, said they have received one-month salary but demanded early release of the pending salary for two more months.punjab Updated: Feb 12, 2018 16:10 IST
After a number of protests and a chain hunger strike by the primary teachers, who had not been paid salary for the past three months, the district education officer (elementary) has finally managed to get the salary budget from the state education department and disbursed one-month salary to teachers on Friday. However,two months’ salary is still pending.
Around 2,300 teachers had not been getting salary since November last year because of a clerical mistake made by the district primary education officials, who had mistakenly demanded Rs 60 lakh salary budget against the pending grant of Rs 60 crore for the year.
Ganesh Bhagat, general secretary of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, said they have received one-month salary but demanded early release of the pending salary for two more months.
“We will lift our strike on Monday only if the DEO assures us that pending salary dues will be released in 10 days,” he said. “I have borrowed money from someone to manage my household chores,” said a teacher, entirely dependent on the salary to run his house.
The Jalandhar DEO (primary) had sent a demand of Rs 170 crore for the teachers’ salary budget for the 2017-2018 financial year, of which the government had allocated Rs 110 crore, while Rs 60 crore was withheld by the authorities.
The salary of only Jalandhar district’s government primary teachers costs the government Rs 15-16 crore per month and the department was left with only Rs 9.53 crore after disbursing the October salary.
DEO Rampal said after receiving a grant of Rs 20 crore from the government, they have now disbursed the November salary while the December salary to some teachers posted in rural areas.
“We are demanding more budget for January and February as well and, hopefully we will get it soon. I appeal teachers to concentrate on teaching students instead of holding protests as their studies are being affected ahead of examinations,” he said.