8,000 teachers sans salary for seven months

Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
As many as 8,000 schoolteachers, deployed in 482 government-aided schools of Punjab, have not received their salaries for the past seven months due to delay in contribution of 95 per cent quarterly grant of their salaries by the state government.

Alleging biased attitude of government, state general secretary of the Government Aided Schoolteachers Union Ravinder Joshi alleged that this is not for the first time that their salaries have got delayed.

“The government always release funds for salaries late and teachers feel unemployed despite being in job.

“They are forced to remind officials persistently to get the funds released,” he said.

The funds are supposed to be released within a fixed timeframe of three months, but authorities seems to have no time or have vested interests while releasing grant, he alleged.

Joshi said the school authorities get their official documents checked from the District Education Officer (DEO) after every three months and the same are sent to the DPI for approval of grant-in-aid.

The papers have been submitted to the concerned authorities for the past more than three months but nothing has been done in this regard, he said.

The government last released grant in the month of December, which was late by six months.

Joshi rued that besides delay in salaries, the government has not yet started their pension since 2003.

Nearly 2,000 teachers got retired from various posts and are awaiting pension. As many as 84 teachers have died waiting their pension to start in the past eight years.

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