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SHILLONG | Sept 05, 2019:

The Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers Association (KJDSTA) on Thursday staged a black flag demonstration on the occasion of Teachers’ Day as a mark of protest against the government for its “failure” to fulfill their long pending demands.

The deficit school teachers wore blag badges and assembled at State Central Library, a venue where the official function to celebrate Teachers’ Day was organised by the state government.

“We are wearing black badges today because the government is adamant to our demands,” said KJDSTA president, Babukular Khongjrem.

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The deficit school teachers have, time and again, raised the issue of pension benefit with the government, “But our demands fell on deaf ears,” he said.

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“We have no pension benefit at present. We only enjoy CPF and medical benefit; if other government teachers and employees enjoy pension benefits, why not extend the same to the deficit teaching community,” said Khongjirem.

Furthermore, he said that the disbursement of salary is also irregular even as he lamented that many deficit school teachers are facing financial burdens and crisis.

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“We receive our salary only once in three months and we don’t get regular salary. The government sanctions the money once in three months that is quarterly. This is not a matter of joke, we have so many financial problems, crisis in our family,” said the KJDSTA president.

The KJDSTA has demanded the state government to release the salary of the teachers on a monthly and regular basis at par with the government servants.

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