SHILLONG, Jan 10: The Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF) has accused the state government of lying to the teachers working in the SSA schools across the state that the Centre has delayed releasing funds for the disbursement of their salaries.
This came to light after receiving of information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)’s Department of School Education & Literacy.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, JYF president Poipynhun Majaw said, “The state government has lied to the teachers by claiming that it is yet to receive the funds from the Centre when the RTI reply from the MHRD is saying otherwise.”
He said as per the RTI report, the MHRD informed that an amount of Rs 29829.39 lakh has been estimated for teachers’ salary in Meghalaya as per the Project Approval Board’s minutes 2017-18.
“In 2017-18, fund has been released to the state government of Meghalaya in Head 2552.00. 156.15.01.31, 2552.00.789.84.01.31 & 2552.00.796.88.01.31,” he said while quoting the ministry’s reply to the RTI filed by the organization.
As per SSA framework, the fund would be released in two installments each year, one in May and the second in September/October. The government of India would release an ad-hoc grant in April every year and this is followed by the release of balance of 1st installment.
The second installment will be based on the progress in expenditure and the quality of implementation. The utilization certificates from the districts to the states should be submitted as and when the funds are utilized but before the release of further installments.
Stating that the SSA teachers are yet to get their salary from July last year, Majaw question where has this money sanctioned by the Government of India gone and why have these teachers being deprived of their rights.
Informing that a similar RTI was also filed with the state’s Directorate of School Education & Literacy on the matter, he however said, “The reply received from the DSEL was that the delay is due to non receipt of funds from the Centre and state share into the accounts of the State Project Office (SPO). Hence the delay is beyond the control of SPO.”
The JYF leader informed that the organization would soon write to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to seek clarification on the claims of the state government. He added that the organization will also submit the RTI reply of the DSEL to the MHRD as well.
According to him, the delay in releasing of the salary has to a great extent affected the SSA teachers in the state.
Meanwhile, the MHRD also informed that as on March 31, 2017, a total number of 21,756 teachers are working under SSA scheme in Meghalaya.