All Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Teachers Federation (AJKLTF) today threatened to go on a hunger strike if the government fails to meet their demands, including the grant of sixth pay commission arrears.

“We will launch an agitation and will go on hunger strike if the government fails to grant us the sixth pay commission arrears,” Bhushan Verma, president AJKLTF, said.

The governments in other States and at the centre had already paid the 6th pay commission arrears to its employees, but they were “still waiting for grant of arrears,” he said.

“We do not agree to the roadmap of grant of arrears by the State government in piece-meal,” he said on the J&K government’s announcement for the grant of arrears in a phased manner.

The deputation led by Mr. Verma, today met the State minister for school and education Pirzada Mohammed Sayed and apprised him of the problems faced by the teachers and asked him to take immediate and necessary action.

Besides demanding the regularisation of teachers, who have more than seven years of service record, the deputation asked the government to award a dislocation allowance teachers who would serve in far flung areas.

The body also demanded transparency in transfer procedures and said no “pick and choose” method would be acceptable.

The minister has assured of regularising teachers with more than seven years of service. He has also said all the vacant positions in the education department will be filled up shortly.

Meanwhile, the teachers’ body urged all the graduate and post-graduate teachers to take up degrees like B.Ed so that they stand an opportunity to get promoted.