Kishtwar, April 13
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today said that Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers recruited under centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme are without their salaries for the past more than six months.
“Every month they are made to beg for the release of their own salaries. The government has miserably failed to maintain uniformity in release of funds from the State Project Director (SPD) of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to the respective districts.” Saroori said in a statement. “Teachers are going through tough times given the delay in their salaries. They are subjected to mental torture as their whole family suffers due to the delay in release of their salary,” Saroori said and added that the teachers in hilly twin districts of Kishtwar and Doda are worst hit as the government has denied their salaries from November month while as in other districts the government has withhold the salaries of teachers since December and January months. Saroori requested Education Minister Altaf Bukhari to take up the matter with the authorities concerned for releasing the all pending salaries.
On Aadhaar card enrollment issue, Saroori questioned the purpose of linking various utility services with Aadhaar, as most of the people in Jammu and Kashmir were yet to get the cards due to non-payment of dues and by the PDP-BJP government to the agency designated to issue unique identification numbers and half of the population in hilly and rural areas are left out. “It is intriguing to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various schemes notwithstanding the fact that a sizable segment of population is yet to be covered under Aadhaar programme,” senior Congress leader said.