Even as festival season has begun, about 25,000 teachers and thousands of non-teaching staff of government schools are yet to get their salaries due for months, in some cases over six months, information procured from Director General School Education (DGSE) office shows.
Salaries of teachers under various categories like Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhmik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS), Inclusive Education Volunteer (IEV), and education providers have not been paid after June and July. IEV category teachers have not got salaries for over six months.
“Our salaries are always delayed. But this time, we have not got a single penny after June even as festival season has come,” said Hardeep Singh, a leader of SSA/RMSA Teachers Action Committee. He said around there are 14,000 posts in SSA/RMSA category, of which around 4,000 are lying vacant. Also, many of them have left to join other professions due to non-regularisation by government.
Singh said the Centre and state governments shared their salary burden in the ratio of 65:35. “We have been making rounds of the DGSE office, but every time we are asked to wait for a few days,” he said. Nishant Kimar, an EGS union leader from Kapurthala, said there were 7,800 teachers under this category, besides 7,000 education providers who have been teaching primary classes and who have not got their salary since June.
An EGS teacher gets a monthly salary of Rs 5,000 salary.
Sources in the DGSE office said the salaries may not be released any time soon for reasons best known to higher authorities.
DGSE Parshant Goyal Kumar did not answer calls while Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary was not available for comment.