Shillong: Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said the state government wants to come up with a long-term solution to address the perennial problem of delay in releasing the pending salaries of SSA teachers.

Talking to mediapersons, Rymbui said the government wants to address this problem on a long-term basis.

Concerning the demand to regularise the services of the SSA teachers, the education minister said that he is not their spokesperson, and that the government will have to take a call within the parameters of the law. 

The minister said how can they regularise their services when the recruitment is not done directly by the state government. “It is not the question of simple regularisation. It is up to the state government, and the government will see what the issue at hand is and how to solve it. It is not a simple issue. It is a major decision which we will have to look at the long term impact. It is easy to say yes but to implement it… nobody can do it,” stated Rymbui.

Adding that this is a tricky issue and will be difficult to resolve in the future too, the minister said the government has not been able to release the Rs 59 crore received from the Centre on the pending salaries due to the holidays.

It may be mentioned that Meghlaya’s SSA teachers, under the MSSAA banner, have time and again appealed to the state government to regularise their services and release the pending salaries for the 12,541 teachers of over 5 months.

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