SHILLONG, June 30: Irked at the indifference attitude of the state government towards the welfare of the teachers in the state, the Khasi-Jaintia Deficit School Teachersâ€™ Association (KJDSTA) Saturday set August 15 as the deadline to the government to release their pending 30 per cent arrears.
â€œWe have decided to set a deadline till August 15 to the government to clear our pending arrearsâ€, KJDSTA president ED Nongsiang told reporters after the general meeting of the association held here on Saturday.
The deficit school teachers have also threatened to resort to agitations if government fails to fulfill their demands.
â€œWe will have no other option but to take up agitational programmes if the government fails to comply with the demand within the time givenâ€, the president added.
According to Nongsiang, the demand came in the wake after the government had failed to fulfill its promises committed to the teachers on February this year that their arrears would be released after the state Budget Session.
Mentionably, the state has around 2,367 teachers under the deficit school system including upper primary till higher secondary level in the Khasi â€“ Jaintia hills besides more than 1,400 lower primary schools, 83 upper primary school and 78 secondary and higher secondary schools.
Besides, the association also expressed concerns over the failure of the government to disburse the salaries of the teachers on a monthly basis.
Notably, the state government on July 25 last year had issued a notification stating that the salary of school teachers under the deficit system would be released on a monthly basis.
However, the president rued by saying that till date the government has not been able to disburse the salary of the teachers on a monthly basis but is still following the system of quarterly basis.
He added, â€œWe will wait for some more months and if government is still continuing to pay our salaries on a quarterly basis, we would consider our means to take our course of action to pressure the government to fulfill its own promiseâ€.
Furthermore, the teachers has also demanded the government for provincialization of services of posts and asked the government to take over issues relating to service rules and financial matters.