Around 28,000 government teachers who are yet to be paid their salaries for the last five months, on Saturday wrote to the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to arrange langar (community food) facilities for their families.
According to information from the Director General School Education (DGSE) office, salaries of teachers under various categories are yet to be paid. A lab assistant under the RMSA has not been paid since April last year.
The letter, which has gone viral on social media, says around 12,000 teachers, 1,450 non-teaching staff, 6800 shikhiya providers, 7500 STR / EGS and 500 IERTs, working under different categories of Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have not been paid their salaries.
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It even mentioned that the families are now relying on loans from banks to meet their daily needs.
“Our salaries are always delayed by almost five months every year. We haven’t received a single penny since November,” said Nishant, district president of EGS Teacher Union Punjab. “We have been visiting the DGSE office often but are always told to wait a few days.”
The DGSE could not be reached for comments. Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema has asked the department to clear the salaries as soon as the funds are received from the Centre.