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Shillong: In a major decision, the Meghalaya government announced it would release two months of salary for teachers working under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). 

Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday informed that after a long discussion with the delegation of the SSA teachers in Meghalaya, the government has decided to release Rs 58 crore. 

About 500 SSA teachers had taken out a mass rally on Monday morning, demanding the immediate release of their five months’ salary. 

“I have assured the SSA teachers that the state government will release two months’ salary at the earliest, which is from the state government,” said Rymbui. According to the state government, they need Rs 29 crore per month to pay the SSA teachers in the state.

The education minister expressed concern over the plight of the teachers and stated that the government will continue to pressure the Central Government. He added that even though they have got relief, for now, they need to find a permanent solution. “Teachers and state government are the stakeholders, we have to think together what we can do so that these issues are solved,” said Rymbui.

There are a total of 12,541 SSA teachers in Meghalaya. In the previous year, the government had created a corpus of Rs 78 cr to help the teachers. The unpaid salaries of the teachers have been a long pending issue, and there has never been a permanent solution to date.

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