Indian teachers protest over salaries
Minority school educators in Jharkhand not paid 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.
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