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Indian teachers protest over salaries

Minority school educators in Jharkhand not paid for 10 months

Indian teachers protest over salaries
Teachers stage a protest over pay in Ranchi
Ajit Paul, Ranchi

January 24, 2011

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More than 5,000 angry teachers, including priests and nuns, from government-assisted minority schools in Jharkhand, eastern India, have staged a protest accusing the state government of not paying them for 10 months. Holding placards, and shouting slogans against the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party-BJP,) the protesters descended on Ranchi, the state capital, on Jan. 22 to demand their salaries. “We have not received salaries since March 2010 but teachers in government schools have got theirs,” said Niranjan Kumar Sandil, secretary-general of the teachers’ union. Government-assisted minority schools are ones which are run by minority communities but receive financial help from state governments, such as for paying teachers’ salaries. During the protest, a five-member delegation met state education secretary Mridual Sinha to discuss their grievances. “Salaries have been delayed by the 6th pay commission. The process has been completed and will be passed at the next cabinet meeting,” Brother Cyril Lakra said quoting Sinha. The pay commission is a panel of members from the federal government who decide issues regarding the raising of salaries of government employees. Since India’s Independence, six pay commissions have been set up to review and make recommendations on the work and pay structure of all civil and military arms of the government. Reassured, the protesters ended their protest, but said that they will not join in census work, which will begin next month. Related reports Church Schools Appoint Teachers As Government Ignores High Court Order Nuns, Priests Among The Injured As Police Beat Minority School Teachers In Jharkhand IE12997.1638
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