Teachers in Kupwara protest for salaries, other issues

Joint Teacher’s Forum staged a peaceful protest outside district headquarters on Saturday against the government for failing to delink, regularize the salary of SSA teachers and implementing the seventh pay commission.

The teachers held a protest demonstration from Boys Higher Secondary School Kupwara through the main market to Deputy Commissioner’s office.

Shouting slogans in support of their demands, the teachers threatened to launch massive protests if their demands are not met.

The traffic came to halt when the teachers were not allowed to enter into the premises of DC Office Kupwara. They, however, presented a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner.

Addressing the protest demonstration, a spokesperson of the Forum Nisar Ahmad said, “We demand immediate release, delinking of our salaries and implementation of seventh pay commission.”

“We want our salaries to be streamlined. Occasionally, our salaries are released in parts. We don’t want to come on streets and make the education suffer, but the government has left us with no other option,” Nisar added.

The protesting teachers said that despite performing their duties in far-flung areas, they were facing huge problems due to non-release of their salaries. “The teachers are said to be the builders of the nation, but now we are like beggars, asking for the release of our salary,” said another teacher.

“We are forced to borrow money from our friends and relatives to meet our expenditures,” he added.

Tahir Ahmed Mir, SSA teacher from Kupwara, told GNS, “My mother is undergoing medical treatment and I’m unable to meet the expenses; I’m going through a very difficult stage. I am mentally disturbed and also not able to take care of my mother. How can I focus on my job? I urge the government to fulfill our demands.”

District president Teacher’s Forum Mohammad Amin Khan said, “We will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss future strategy. Accordingly, demonstrations will continue across valley if demands aren’t met at the earliest.” (GNS)

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