ADC teachers caution to launch strike

Pothashang News Service

Imphal, February 5, 2018: Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) teachers have cautioned to take up agitations if the government fails to release their four months’ pending salaries.

The employees also demanded to increase the pay scales equal to the pay scale of the primary teachers under the state education department. Their third demand was to implement pensionary and retirement benefits.

The All Manipur District Council Teachers’ Association highlighting these demands served an ultimatum to the chief minister. It pressed to release their pending salaries for the months from October last to January this year by February 10.

“If the government fails we have no other option but resort to launch various agitations”, said Guishipao Panmei, president of the teachers’ association briefing the reporters at Manipur Press Club, Imphal.

The state government issued an order for payment of employees’ salaries upto December 2017 in advance in view of Christmas festival. lnspite of the government order, employees of autonomous district council education department were denied of releasing hard-earned salary for the months of October, November and December before the festival. As such the poor employees and their families could not celebrate the festival to its significance, said the employees in the ultimatum.

The delay to release Teachers pay is a violation of rights to property and victimisation for no faults, said Guishipao.

He said the primary teachers under the state education department have been enjoying a monthly salary scale of Rs. 9300-34,800 + AGP Rs 3000 while the primary teachers under ADCs are enjoying the pay scale of Rs 5200-20,800 + AGP Rs 2400 till date. This disparity of pay structure has clearly showed the indifferent attitude of the government towards the poor employees of ADCs, added the association leader.

Moreover, the provision of New Pension Scheme / Contributory pension Scheme for appointees after January 1, 2005 in respect of ADCs employees has not been facilitate till date.

Inspite of repeated appeals the government had turned a deaf ear. The burning topic of the government “Go to the Hills” can be proved effective only when equal treatment is provided to all citizens of both hills and valley and employees of all, added Guishipao.

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