Shillong, July 2: The Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) has demanded from the state government to implement the salary structure as well as enhancement of remuneration for teachers working under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in the state.
“(We) request the state government to implement salary structure and enhance remuneration of lower primary and upper primary SSA teachers at par with that of regular teachers which include basic pay plus dearness allowance in accordance with the revised pay structure under the Meghalaya Services (Revision of Pay) Rules 2018,” MSSASA president Aristotle C Rymbai said in a letter to the State Project Director, Ambrose Ch Marak on Thursday.
He said since the inception of SSA in 2001 after inclusion of Article 21-A in the Constitution of India, the post of primary and upper primary teachers has been sanctioned as per Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) to states and union territories government in various project approval board meetings with conditions that these posts would be filled by states/union territories education department with same salary and service conditions as of other regular teachers of the respective education department of state and union territories government.
Referring to the framework and guidelines of ‘Samagra Shikha’ and integrated scheme for school education, Rymbai said, “In Para (5.8) sub para (5.8.1) it has clearly mentioned the elementary teachers working under budget head of erstwhile Nation Flagship Educational Programme ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan ‘(SSA) currently known as Samagra Shiksha, their salary structure will be determined by the state and union territories norms and ther will be no separate teachers as sanctioned by the centre. Rather, all teachers are ultimately the responsibility of the state and union territories government.”
He further informed that the Meghalaya Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rule 2011, in Rule (18) sub-Rule (3) has also stated the scales of pay and allowances, medical facilities, pension, gratuity, provident fund, and other prescribed benefits of teachers, including those employed for the purpose of imparting special training as specified in section 4, shall be that of regular teachers and at par for similar work and experience.