Teachers in Mizoram not been paid for months

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Source: Times of India

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AIZAWL: Three groups of teachers in Mizoram have not received their salaries for months and have been facing immense hardships, leaders of the teachers’ association said.

Hindi teachers employed under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), teachers working under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) and teachers under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have not been paid for months.

Working under CSS, 1,305 teachers have not received any money this year. “We have not received our salaries for 8 months,” the association leaders said.

The 580 teachers working under RMSA have not been paid since May. The first batch of RMSA teachers was appointed in 2011 and did not face any problem in the first year. However, salaries became erratic 2012 onwards.

Teachers working under SSA have not received their salaries since June. “We received our salaries for April and May in July, but are yet to be paid for the period since June,” a teacher said. There are around 4,000 SSA teachers in the state.

An official in the school education department said the Centre releases an ad hoc grant in the beginning of every fiscal without waiting for the state’s matching share. That grant was used to cover the SSA’s salaries from the beginning of the financial year. The problem usually begins after the grant is exhausted.

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