By Our Reporter | TNT News | May 31, 2018
Shillong: The deficit school teachers in the State have decided to begin their first phase of agitation from this coming Monday. This decision has come after the State Government failed to respond to their demand for implementing the recommendations of the 5th Pay Commission.
Addressing media persons here today, KJDSTA president ED Nongsiang informed that the Action Committee meeting which had met yesterday had decided to go ahead with the agitation programme.
“It is really unfortunate that the Government is yet to respond to our demand despite the two-week deadline. If there is no positive response from the Government till Sunday then from Monday we will start the agitation programme,” the KJDSTA president said.
He further informed that the first programme will be the wearing of black arm bands by the deficit school teachers throughout the State. According to Nongsiang, the teachers will intensify their agitation programme if there is no response from the Government till June 6.
“We will announce our next phase of agitations during the public rally which will be held at Madan Iewrynghep on June 6,”the KJDSTA president said.
When asked about the financial implications for implementing the new pay scale, he said that they are not very sure with the financial implications even though all the deficit schools had submitted the details on the financial implications to the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education.
He also said that as per information available with them, the Directorate had already submitted the financial implications to the Government adding that the matter now is pending with the Government.
Replying to a query, Nongsiang said that the previous Government should have implemented the new pay scale for the deficit school teachers along with the Government employees.
“We were disappointed that the previous Government did not extend the new pay scale to the deficit teachers. The Government even in the past had been adamant towards the demand of the teachers,” the KJDSTA president said.
He said that the teachers would always have to beg for their rights adding that this clearly reflects that the Government is not putting a priority on development of education in the State.
“The teachers would not need to go to the street if the Government would have been serious to address their grievances,” he said.
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