Shillong, May 24, 2012:
School teachers in Meghalaya today set a one-week deadline for the state government to release their salary, pending since January this year, failing which they threatened to agitate. The threat came in the wake of the state government failure to keep their promise to disburse salaries to teachers on a monthly basis last year.
“After going through a tremendous hardship due to the failure of the government to live up to its promises, we have decided to give a one-week deadline to the government to fulfil our demand,” E D Nongsiang, president of the Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers Association, told reporters. He said the failure of the government to release the salary of higher secondary school teachers by May end will force the teachers to intensify their protests.
The state government had, through the directorate of school education and literacy, issued a notification to release the salary of deficit school teachers be disbursed on a monthly basis in July last year. Upping their ante, the teachers have also decided to organise a state-wide meet next month to chalk out their agitational strategies to put pressure on the government to release all sums due. At present there are 17 higher secondary schools run under the deficit system of the government having more than 185 both teaching and non-teaching staff.