Chief Minister assures Ad-hoc teachers that their demands will be taken up in the Cabinet

Shillong, May 12: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Thursday informed that the Ad-hoc teachers under the Federation of All School Teachers of Meghalaya (FASTOM) met him and expressed concerns over their enhancements of salaries.

Speaking to reporters later in the day, Sangma said that the file is being processed and once it reaches him it will be put up in the cabinet for discussion.

“As I mentioned the impact is in the hundreds of crores and so once that happens it will be an annual affair,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that if the government was to go ahead and enhance the salaries of the Ad-0hoc teachers there are two ways ahead.

“One is to cut the budget from the other departments and divert the funds and put it into this because it is only one pool or the second issue is how to raise more revenue,” Sangma said.

The Chief Minister said that all those things will have to be discussed in detail in the cabinet and it will take a call.

Earlier in the day hundreds of Ad-hoc teachers under the umbrella of FASTOM converged outside the Main Secretariat building for an indefinite sit-in protest to demand a hike in their salaries.

Later after meeting the Chief Minister FASTOM, Spokesperson Mayborn Lyngdoh said that the former told the delegation that it will take at least three cabinet meetings to resolve the issue.

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