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Release of salary for one more month fails to pacify teachers
SRINAGAR, Jun 13: Even as the government disbursed one month more salary for SSA teachers who are streets from last couple weeks demanding delinking of their salaries and 7th pay commission benefits, the teachers, however, remained unpacified and held massive protest demonstrations at district headquarters on Wednesday in favour of their demands.

Reports reaching from different districts including Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara and other districts said that thousands of teachers working under the central sponsored scheme, SSA in government run educational institutions stayed away from their respective schools and assembled at their respective district headquarters. Raising slogans in favour of their demands, the teachers held strong protests seeking release of their salaries with all the benefits of 7th pay commission. In Anantnag, hundreds of teachers including females gathered near sports stadium and then marched towards deputy commissioner’s office. The protesting teachers were carrying placards which read 'Delink SSA salary', 'Restore dignity of teachers'. The protesting teachers later staged a sit-in within DC office premises for hours together. Amid sloganeering the teachers later submitted a memorandum of demands to the deputy commissioner.

"Though the government last week had disbursed one month salary to the teachers and today released one more month. But both the months have been released without the benefits of 7th pay commission. And we know it was only the strong protests by the teachers that forced them to release the two months’ salary," a representative of teachers Naseer Ahmad Bakhshi told the protesting teachers.

He said that government has released the two months’ salary only to pacify the anger of teachers but have not fulfilled any of their demands.

"Our demand is only the linking of our salary from HRD to state sector and grant of benefits of 7th pay commission. None of these demands has been met so far," Bakhshi said.

In Pulwama and Kulgam, hundreds of teachers gathered at their respective district headquarters and held massive protests in support of their demands.

The protesting teachers resorted to sloganeering against the government. Reports of similar protests by SSA teachers were received from other district headquarters as well.

The protests were led by district presidents and zonal presidents of various teachers unions.

In Srinagar , dozens of leaders of different teachers unions including chairman EJAC , Abdul Qayoom Wani were detained by the police after the staged a peaceful sit-in outside secretariat.

With government failing to fulfill the demands of SSA teachers, Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers’ Forum led by Farooq Ahmad Tantray has decided to observed Eid as black day and stage a sit-in at Pratap park Srinagar.

"Since the government continues to be brute towards the teachers and does not appear to be serious in meeting our demands. So we have decided to assemble at Pratap Park on Eid and stage a sit-in there," Tantray told Kashmir Times.

He said that thousands of teachers will offer congregational Eid prayers at Pratap Park and later will sit on a peaceful protest.

"The observance of Eid as black day will be aimed to convey the government that we are committed to fight for our rights. At least ten thousand teachers are expected to reach Srinagar on Eid day. The protest will also convey a message to the civil society as to how the rulers treat the teachers," Tantray said.

News Updated at : Thursday, June 14, 2018
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