SHILLONG, Sep 13: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has sought time to release five months of pending salaries due to 12,000 school teachers working under SSA funded schools across the state.
This was informed by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma during a meeting held with the delegation of the Meghalaya Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Schools’ Association (MSSASA) which met him here on Thursday.
Quoting the Chief Minister after the meeting, MSSASA president Aristotle C Rymbai said, “He (CM) informed us that the government needs another three to four weeks time to be able to release the pending salary of the teachers.”
Rymbai also informed that the Chief Minister has also assured the delegation that the state government is committed to ensure that the teachers get their salary at the existing rate at Rs 19,000 and Rs 20,000.
“We were also informed that the government would require Rs 150 crore for releasing the pending salary,” he said.
The state government has been asked to bear the additional expenditure for payment of salary to the SSA teachers after the Project Approval Board (PAB) had approved only Rs 15,000 per month for lower primary teachers and Rs 20,000 for upper primary teachers.
The MSSASA president however said that the association will immediately sit for its central executive committee meeting to decide whether to accept the request of the state government since the teachers are facing a lot of difficulties due to delay in releasing of the salary.