Nearly 700 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in several government schools are protesting against the UT Education department withdrawing the notification of their salary hike. The move comes as a shock for the SSA teachers who before their recruitment in 2003 were assured of being regularised after completion of five years in service. Similar assurance from officials of SSA Society and an MHRD team had come for them in 2007.
SSA Teachers were given Rs 8,000 as salary at the time of recruitment in 2005 and later in 2007, their salary was increased to Rs 9,500. In 2008, the system of increment (3 per cent every year) was started and accordingly it was given in 2009. It was also promised that next increment would be given in 2010.
An order circulated in all schools by the SSA Society on August 26 read: “It has been decided that no annual increment shall be allowed to any official in order to bring all contractual employees working in UT Education Department and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Society at par.”
On March 15, 2010 Project Appraisal Board, MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) had sanctioned the salary of regular TGT (Trained Graduate Teachers) SSA teachers to Rs 18,330, Rs 18,890, Rs 19,460 and Rs 20,050. Similarly JBT (Junior Basic Teachers) salary was fixed as Rs 14,570, Rs 15,020, Rs 15,470 and Rs 15,940 as per seniority.
On March 19, 2010 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Society, UT, Chandigarh issued a public notice in some of the national newspapers declaring the newly appointed SSA JBT and TGT teachers salary as Rs 14,570 and Rs 18,330 respectively. The total budget sanctioned for the 2010-11 year was Rs 37.30 crore against the Rs 27.57 crore in the year 2009-10.
While on August 26, SSA Society issued another letter, thereby fixing the salary of all JBT and TGT SSA teachers’ salary as Rs 14,000 and Rs 17,600 respectively overruling the salary sanctioned by the Project Appraisal Board, MHRD and the public notices issued by the SSA Society. Their decision to put the SSA teachers at par whether he/she is newly appointed or had five years of experience. But SSA Society has kept the salary of SSA ministerial staff including Mission co-ordinator, Section Officer (Internal Audit) and Superintendent same as approved by the Project Appraisal Board, MHRD, thus discriminating against only SSA Teachers, argue the protestors.
Secretary, Education, Ram Niwas said: “The SSA teachers should give