For the State government, regularising their services was a major achievement
For the Naveen Patnaik government, regularisation of service of more than 17,000 sikshya sahayaks was a major achievement at the beginning of this year. But these elementary level teachers have not been paid their salaries after their regularisation.
For 11 months, these teachers have been attending schools without being paid. In the administrative level, reason behind delay in payment of salary is attributed to some procedural hiccups. However, the non-payment of monthly salary is slowly acquiring a huge emotive issue for these teachers.
“At a time when the State government is emphasising on quality education, it forces teachers to attend schools with empty stomach. It is highly unfortunate,” said Prasant Mohapatra, secretary of Orissa Sikshya Sahayak Association, on Monday.
Mr. Mohapatra said about 17,000 teachers were graduated to regular posts in January 2011 and it was being expected that bad-days of these lowly-paid teachers would soon be over. “But they continued to suffer without any salary. These teachers spend about eight hours a day in schools and there is no other way to earn from other sources,” he said.
“These teachers started their career with a paltry monthly salary of Rs.1,500. For next six years, they worked with salary from Rs.1,500 to Rs.4,500 per month. After regularisation, they would have got Rs.11,544 per month,” Mr. Mohapatra said.
The OSSA Secretary said most of the teachers had no savings as they worked previous six years with meagre salary. Under these circumstances, bearing family burden was a difficult task, he said.
When asked, Sukadeb Das said, “the department has already sanctioned salary of November month for the teachers who have been regularised.
Budgetary provision would be made for clearing pending salaries of teachers”
The OSSA alleged that in 10 districts, Sikshya Sahayaks, who have already attained eligibility for regularisation of service, have not been given appointment letters.
So teachers of these districts could hope for worse, Mr. Mohapatra said.