SSA teachers to get pending salaries within few days: Naeem Akhtar

KL Report

SRINAGAR

After taking up the issue of releasing salaries to the SSA teachers, with Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the state government Wednesday said that government will release salaries of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers within few days.

Talking to KNS Education Minister Naeem Ahktar Wednesday admitted that due to non-availability of funds the salaries of teachers appointed under SSA were pending. “The funds were not available with the government but now the government has taken up the issue regarding release of funds with Government of India and they have assured that the funds will be released soon,” he said and added that the payment of the salaries to the SSA teachers will be streamlined within next few days.

The development came after the newly elected state government gave positive response to release its state share for SSA to clear the liabilities pending from past few months.

Meanwhile officials in the education department admitted that SSA teachers in some districts didn’t get their salaries for past five months saying the funds from both, MHRD and state government were not released due to some departmental issues.

“We had some liabilities pending with the department due to delayed funding, however, the matter will be resolved as soon as possible,” they said.

It is to mention here that hundreds of SSA teachers in the state have not got their salaries for the past four months.

Salary under the SSA scheme is shared between the Central government (65 per cent) and the state government (35 per cent).

As the state government had been on the edge of a financial meltdown for long, there have been many occasions when teachers did not get their salaries on time, but this is the first time that there has been a four-month delay in disbursing salaries, said one of the teacher of SSA.

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