SHILLONG, May 08: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has decided to pay heed to the prolonged pleas of the deficit teachers of the state, having decided to extend the benefits of the pay revision as per recommendation of the fifth pay commission to deficit school and college teachers across the state.
The proposal to implement the new pay revision for teachers was approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister Conrad Kongal Sangma on Friday.
“We have decided to extend the pay revision as recommended by the fifth pay commission to the deficit school and college teachers with effect from January 1, 2017,” Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui informed after this cabinet meeting.
He also announced that the revised salary will be paid from next month while the arrears from January 2017 to June 2018, will be released in four installments of 25 per cent each.
The education minister informed the government would have to shell out an additional amount of Rs 84 crore to implement the pay revision while Rs 126 crore for paying arrears to the teachers.
At present, the state government is spending around Rs 278.39 crore on the salaries of the deficit school teachers annually.
“With the implementation of the new pay, the Government will be spending more than Rs 362 crore yearly on the salaries,” Rymbui said.
Rymbui also said that in spite a financial crisis, the government will try its best to fulfill its obligations.
“We have to find ways to tab additional resources,” he said. According to him, the education department has to spend 90 per cent of its budget for payment of salaries thereby leaving very less amount for providing infrastructure for schools.
He also informed that there are 136 deficit Upper Primary Schools in the state with 877 teachers while in Lower Primary schools there are 3852 teachers in 1911 schools.
In the 121 Deficit Secondary Schools there are 382 non-teaching staff, 1981 teachers while in 17 Deficit Higher Secondary there are 129 teachers and 57 non-teaching staff.
Meanwhile, in the nine Deficit Pattern Secondary Schools, there are 85 teachers and 17 non teaching staff. More over in the 15 Deficit Colleges there are 36 teachers and 245 non-teaching staff.