After All Garo Hills SSA School Teachers’ Association (AGHSSASTA) have threatened to stage a hunger strike as a mark of protest against the delay to release their five-month pending salaries, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said the state government is pursuing with the Centre for an immediate release of funds to clear the pending salaries of the SSA teachers in the state.
“As of now, the central government has not released any fund for payment of salary and we are pursuing the matter with the central government to release the same at the earliest possible,” Rymbui told reporters on Tuesday.
The minister said apart from the salary, the arrears are also pending since 2016. “We are hopeful in the coming days, the central government will release the fund and we will surely release it to the teachers as our endeavor is to pay and not to withhold their salary,” he said.
Rymbui however said until and unless the central government releases the funds, it is not possible for the state to pay the salary to the SSA teachers.
Asked, the minister said so far, Rs 79 crore has been spent from the state’s corpus fund for payment of salary to the SSA teachers in the state.
“Last year, we decided that there should be some corpus fund to address this issue and I am very glad that the state government has spared Rs 79 crore to meet exigency regarding this but still it cannot suffice,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rymbui also assured that there will be no diversion of funds under any circumstances if the Centre releases the funds.