By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, March 31, 2018:
In a major relief for the SSA teachers of the state, the central government has released an amount of Rs 135 crore for pending recurring expenditure for the SSA programme including payment of five months pending salary from November 2017 to March 2018.
With this, the state government will be in a position to release the money as salary for SSA teachers which has not been paid since November 2017.
Informing this, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that payment of salary for the month of November 2017 to March 2018 (five months) amounting to Rs 13248.10 lakh will be released as teachers’ salary.
“When the new MDA government assumed office this month, one of the toughest challenge facing us was the huge committed liability of the SSA teacher’s salary which has not been paid since November 2017,” he said adding that through the continuous efforts of the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the ministry of Human Resource Development has released an amount of Rs 135 crore for pending recurring expenditure for the SSA programme.
“With the above release which fructified only after the humongous effort of the chief minister and his team, the SSA programme would now stabilize and up-to-date salaries would be paid upto March 2018,” Rymbui added.
Furthermore, he informed that after series of correspondences with MHRD from July 2017 onwards, the state government have received GoI share of Rs 135, 26, 50, 000 on March 28.
So far, funds received from GoI is Rs 20053.00 lakh and from state government, the share is Rs 4309.149 lakh totally to Rs 24362.149 lakh. The total receipt as of date is Rs 37888.149 lakh.
As per sanction order, the entire amount has been released under General Head (Recurring) for implementation of activities under SSA Scheme for SC/ST Component for 2017-18.
It may be mentioned that on earlier this week, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma convened a joint meeting between the education department and the finance department to find a solution to the issue related to releasing of pending dues to over 12,000 SSA teachers in the state.