Imphal, Nov 6,
Large number of Graduate teachers recruited for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) under Education (S), staged a protest rally today demanding clearance of their pending salary.
“We had launched the cease work strike three days back and today is the fourth day and till today government is not giving any positive reply”, an irate protestors told media persons
The RMSA teachers have been demanding clearance 7 months pending salaries before Ningol Chakkouba.
“Ningol Chakkouba is only 2 days away from today and if they failed to listen our plea we are even prepare to continue our protest on Ningol Chakkouba day”, the protestor said.
According to the teachers, they were appointed as graduate teachers after various recruitment tests conducted by the Directorate since 2011.Alleging that they have not received their salary in a consistent manner ever since, the teachers explained that they get their salary only twice or thrice in a year which leads to great inconveniences for the teachers.
A memrandum has been submitted to the Chief Minister regarding the matter. However response from the Chief Minister is not yet known as of now.
The RAMSA teachers also claimed that apart from the salary issue, the Government has not done anything to improve the promotion opportunities for the RMSA graduate teachers.
They informed that the Government has failed to pay their salary since April this year and added that until and unless the Government takes up necessary steps to ensure proper and consistent salary for the teachers, they will stop going to their respective schools and instead they will gather in front of the Directorate to stage sit ins till the school hour is finished.
The teachers taking part in the sit in protest which was organised by RMSA Graduate Teachers Association, carried placards containing slogans like ‘Release salaries before Ningol Chakkouba’, Same work, same service status’, ‘No pay, no food’, ‘Teachers are also human beings’, ‘Same status for all teachers’, ‘Arrange for the regularisation of salaries’ and ‘Immediately release 7 months pending salaries’ etc.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.
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