As thousands of Ashramshala teachers across the state threatened to go on strike if their salaries are not disbursed on time, Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Savra assured an inquiry after teachers complained that for past one decade they have not been receiving their salaries on time.
There are around 1112 ashramshalas with over 7000 teachers. These teachers have approached MLC of teacher’s constituency Ramnath Mote seeking help. “These teachers were suffering for over a decade now. Majority of times their salaries are delayed by 15 days and sometimes by one or two months. These teachers have been struggling for years to get this issue resolved but in vain. The officials give vague reply every time these teachers inquire about the delay. I decided to take up this matter with the tribal development minister,” Mote said.
Ashramshalas are schools in tribal areas which have lodging and boarding facilities as well. Tribal students are provided with clothes and books as part of the government scheme, monitored by the tribal development ministry.
Shyamrao Londhe, a teacher from Thane, said, “We were recruited by the school management, following which they gave an offer letter for post of shikshan sevak (SS) which has a fixed tenure of three years, after which out posts are confirmed. As shikshan sevak we used to get Rs 3,000 – Rs 5,000 monthly depending on grade we teach. After three years probation ends, our pay scales are supposed to increase to Rs 30,000 initially. In many cases after protesting the pay scales were hiked but salaries are not disbursed on time leaving us in lurch. The school management says salaries cannot be disbursed as formal approval from the ministry is yet to come, when we send a representation to the tribal development department we are told it is not in their capacity to resolve the issue.”
Savra said an inquiry will be conducted.