ANSTA plea for early release of salaries
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 1
Stating that teachers who were appointed against SSA post creation have not been paid for 3 month salaries with effect from June-August, All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) has appealed to the State government to initiate prompt action for early release of the required fund for necessary payment of pending salaries of the aggrieved teachers. In a representation to the State Chief Secretary, ANSTA pointed out that an amount of Rs 6,53,91,536 is required for their monthly salaries as far as monthly salary statement prepared by DSE for those teachers is concerned.
Quoting available record, ANSTA stated that SSA authority on May 23 had credited Rs 19,49,84,451 to School Education account for pay and allowances of the teachers appointed under SSA. It added that the credited amount was exhausted after paying for 3 months salary (i.e March to May) amounting to Rs 19,61,74,608 (6,53,91,563 x 3), which as a result teachers have not been paid for 3 months with effect from June-August.
“However, in spite of untold hardships and difficulties being faced, they are performing their duties with sincerity till date,” ANSTA president Ponchulo Wanth, joint secretary Pusetso Tunyi and treasurer Temjenyapang said in a joint representation.
The Association stated that the salary component of teachers should not be used for other purposes as salary is the only sustaining source of the teachers. It has questioned the wisdom of responsible authority on the service security of the teachers appointed under SSA funded post. The Association suggested that there should be a well coordination between SSA authority and the department of School Education so that teachers are not made to suffer due to communication gap between them.
In view of the above facts and circumstances and in order not to disturb the normal functioning of the schools, the Association has appealed to the concerned authority to look into the matter genuinely and initiate prompt action for early release of the required fund for necessary payment of pending salaries of the aggrieved teachers failing which it cautioned that the Association would be compelled to take its own course of action even to the extent of closing down of all Government Schools across the State.
It may be mentioned that the Department of School Education, through an open interview, had recruited altogether 2491 teachers (i.e. 201 under GHS, 1203 under GMS and 1087 under GPS respectively) against the SSA funded posts vide Order No.DSE/RS/2011 Dated Kohima the 15th June 2011 and issued appointment orders vide order No. ED/ESTT-KMA/ SSA-3G/12 dated Kohima the 26th March 2013.