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Unpaid salaries of SSA teachers rock J&K Assembly
Question hour in the J&K legislative assembly was marked with topsy-turvy riff-raffs between MLA Ramnagar RS Pathania and Education minister, Naaem Akhtar when Pathania insisted on a specified time frame within which government shall clear all pending dues of SSA teachers in J&K.

Pathania expressed his discontent over the statement of the government that matter has been taken up with the central government.

It was at his persistent supplementary 'I am dissatisfied with the response' 'Right To wages is itself a fundamental right and we cannot leave thousands of teachers with no bread and butter since months' 'it is very difficult for them to maintain themselves and their families without pay' education minister expressed solidarity with the issue and undertook to clear off the dues within the earliest period of time.

The reply from government stated that out of 23684 schools in the state 3427 lack buildings, 2817 lack drinking water, 2014 are without libraries, 2754 without subject teachers and 683 schools have pass percentage less than 30%.

Pathania further sought from govt. the details of schools opened/upgraded without feasibility reports or against the set parameters of SSA and education department. He further asked government to spell out action initiated on guilty functionaries who violated such guidelines. The reply from the government reads that as on March, 2015, 134 schools had zero enrollment and 3000 schools with enrollment less than 15 are there.

The government however remained mum on the issue of schools upgraded without adhering to set guidelines and action being initiated against guilty officers and functionaries who violated rules for opening or upgrading of schools in full face of set norms and parameters.

In response to delay in process of regularizing KGVB teachers, the government said that it has ordered regularisation of these teachers under available vacant posts.

In his question, Pathania further sought reasons for stalling work on Ramnagar Campus of University and further sought time frame from the government in which pending work is expected to be completed.

The government in a written reply submitted that amount to the extent of Rs 500.00 lacs were transferred to PWD Udhampur for executing work on the construction of Ramnagar campus in April, 2012 and the work was to be completed by 31-03-2014 as per comminique received from UGC.

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