SSA teachers strike: CPI-M, PDF, DPN assures support for regularisation, implementation of 7th pay commission

Srinagar, Sep 12: CPI-M senior leader Mohammad Yousuf Targami, PDF chairman Mohammad Yaseen and DPN Democratic Party Nationalist head Ghulam Hassan Mir, on Wednesday came in support of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers, who are on indefinite hunger strike for the past ten days, demanding their regularization and implementation of 7th pay commission.

The leaders visited the protesting teachers at Partap Park near here and assured them their full support, a joint statement issued by them said this afternoon.

Thousands of teachers in the state, engaged under the SSA are on an indefinite strike to protest against the government for ‘adopting’ delaying tactics in implementing benefits of the 7th pay commission to them and ‘delinking’ their salaries from the component paid by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

”It has been 10-days since these teachers went on indefinite strike and some of them are on hunger strike, but the Government, it seems, is not bothered to solve their long pending demands. Though in the past five months, the Government constituted several committees to look for measures to address their issues, nothing has finalized till now, which has forced them to go on agitational path,” the statement said.

These teachers have been protesting ever since the previous PDP-led coalition government implemented 7th pay commission for all state government employees except SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters. Implementation of 7th pay commission and delinking their salaries from the component paid by the union ministry of human resource development is legitimate and legal right of SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters.

The best way to end the crisis is to regularize all SSA teachers as General Line Teachers so that the problem gets solved once for all, the statement said.

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