The state school education and sports department has directed education officials across the state to release salaries of teachers by 1st of every month or face departmental inquiry.
After having received numerous complaints about education officers not releasing salaries despite having funds, the state government had issued a government resolution on June 13 to address the problem.
Officials said the diktat is not a result of just teachers’ complaints but also interference by members of political parties who have often raised questions over the new online shalarth payment scheme for schools.
The system of payment has been adopted for all aided schools, including private and local government-run schools, across the state. However, over the last few months complaints from teachers have increased and many cases related to delay in salaries also came to light in Pune, they added.
The GR dated June 13 and signed by Deepak Shelar, section officer, Government of Maharashtra, states, “Despite the salaries being disbursed on time through shalarth system, several complaints have been received from teachers and elected representatives that the officials assigned the responsibility of distributing salaries are not doing so by the 1st of every month despite schools submitting relevant salary details every month.”
The letter goes on to fix the responsibility of each official in the process of verification of salary details and distribution of salaries. At the Zilla Parishad level, for primary and secondary schools, while the GR has fixed the responsibility on headmasters to submit the salary details, the responsibility for verification and distribution of salary remains on the block education officer and education officer (primary) of concerned Zilla Parishad.
For those schools falling within municipal corporation limits, the responsibility lies with the school board chief/education officer or administrative officer of the concerned municipal corporation.
The resolution clearly states that those officials who fail to send salaries on time will be held responsible for any delay will have to face a departmental inquiry, if need be.
Harun Attar, education officer (secondary), Zilla Parishad, said the bigger issue was schools not sending salary details on time. “Many schools do not upload information on time and when salaries are delayed they blame education officials. It is good that the GR also puts onus of furnishing salary details on the school heads,” he said.