Shillong, April 24: The Meghalaya Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Schools’ Association (MSSASA) today decided to suspend their proposed 3-day hunger strike after an RTI report revealed that the government is in the process to release revised pay.
“We have suspended our agitation after an RTI report pointed out that the progress of the demand was as discussed with the government officials,” MSSASA president Aristotle C Rymbai said in a statement issued here on Monday.
Earlier, the MSSASA had announced a three-day hunger strike which would begin from April 26, after observing a black flag week which ended today, as a mark of protest against the state government’s failure to comply with its demands.
Rymbai informed that the State Project Director, SEMAM, who is also Director of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) in his reply to the RTI, informed the fund of Rs 21.84 crore is there for releasing the revised pay and arrears of 12,481 SSA teachers.
It was also informed that the state government at the moment is waiting for the 2nd installment to be released by the Centre government in order to complete the process of releasing the salary and arrears, which is Rs 100 crore.
Informing that letters with regards to the other demands which include salary enhancement of the 4th teachers and result of the D.El.Ed was also received by the association, Rymbai said that all these would be raised before the general meeting of the association which will be held shortly.
He further informed that the delegation of the association would also soon meet the Education and Literacy Minister Deborah Marak and Higher Technical Education Minister Roshan Warjri to discuss on the issues related to SSA teachers.