5% DA hike for SSA teachers in Tripura

From a correspondent
Agartala, Nov 14:  In a bid to pacify teachers working under the Sarba Siksha Abhijan, the Tripura government has decided to sanction 3% increment and 5% Dearness Allowance (DA)  with effect from July 1st of this year.  Teachers will get another 5% DA with effect from November 1.
This announcement came within few hours when around six thousand teachers launched an indefinite strike on Monday.
However, a majority of the teachers, under the banner of Tripura SSA Teachers Welfare Association, have decided to continue the agitation until all the demands are fulfilled. But the pro-government union, under the banner of Tripura Contract Teachers Association, has decided to withdraw the agitation.
The State government made this announcement on Monday after the teachers launched an indefinite strike, causing serious crisis in a large number of schools across the State. The government’s decision evoked a mixed response among the agitating teachers.
Announcing the decision, the Director of Elementary Education Department Uttam Kumar Chakma urged the teachers to withdraw the agitation.
According to reports available, around 571 schools in the State is fully run by SSA teachers, while remaining 381 schools barring the head masters are run by SSA or RAMSA teachers.
The SSA teachers in Tripura are agitating since long for regularization and implementation of the increased pay scale given to other State government employees. They alleged that the State government has deprived them of their rights, despite necessary sanctions has been made by the Centre.
They also alleged that the post of the SSA teachers in most of the States has been regularized long back, but the Left Front government in Tripura is depriving the teachers of it. They also accused the State of submitting false statement to the Centre.