Shillong: The Meghalaya SSA teachers have once again submitted a reminder letter to the state government through the Secretary of Education on the payment of salaries for the remaining 3 months.

According to Meghalaya SSA Schools Association president Aristotle C Rymbai, since the matter has been pending for a period of time and keeping in view the upcoming Christmas festival, they have decided to remind the authorities again.

“We are writing once again to request the state government to take appropriate actions for release the remaining salary for the months of August, September and October, 2021, on or before 20th December 2021, failing which the state government compel us to go for a ‘Non-Cooperation Movement’ in any activities being asked to performed by the government in school and also other duties engaged and assigned to SSA teachers which are not linked to education from 21st December, 2021, onwards,” he said.

On November 16, a delegation of the association had a meeting with Education Secretary Ambrose Ch. Marak and discussed the matter to release the remaining 3 months’ salary at the earliest.

The association will also launch a letter campaign addressing to the Chief Minister and Education Minister starting December 22, 2021 to January 14, 2022, to air their grievances, followed by a peaceful protest – Black Flag Sit – and candlelight vigil on January 21, 2022. 

There are a total of 12,541 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in Meghalaya. During the last interaction with education minister Lahkmen Rymbui, he had stated that the Centre has promised to release only Rs 59 crore of the Rs 150 crore funds which is enough to pay only two-month’s worth of salaries.

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