BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, January 18: The TET–passed teachers, employees of the Khadi and Gramadyog Board and traffic volunteers are in distress without their salaries but their problems haven’t moved the State government yet.
When most of the people in the State observed the occasion of Magh Bihu with much fanfare and traditiol fervour, the TET–passed teachers, employees of the Khadi and Gramadyog Board and traffic volunteers failed to enjoy the festival like the rest of the people due to nonpayment of their salaries by the government.
The TET–passed teachers in the State were given half of their salaries for the month of January. But interestingly, these teachers are yet to receive their salaries for the month of December last.
These teachers alleged that the Central government has stopped releasing fund for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, under which the TET is now held, due to non–submission of utilization certificates.
Tapan Kakoty, president of the All Assam Elementary Teachers Association, said, “Why will we suffer due to the State government’s fault?”
The condition of 450 employees of the Khadi and Gramadyog Board is much worse than any of the government employees in the State as they are yet to receive their salaries for the last five months.
The employees allege that their salaries were not given due to the negligence of the Board’s chairman Juri Sharma Bordoloi who, however, denied the charge saying that the Board has been facing fincial loss for a long time.
Traffic volunteers in the city are also facing a similar situation. The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has failed to give their salaries till date. They have threatened to start agitation against the GMDA’s failure to give their salaries.
There are around 200 traffic volunteers who help police mage traffic in the city.