Teachers across the country protest against non-payment of salaries

In Guarat, West Bengal and Telangana, teachers have been struggling to have their voices heard and grievances addressed

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In Gujarat, over 7,000 teachers in about 350 grant-in-aid colleges of the state are yet to receive their salary cheques for the month of January. Despite bringing the matter to the notice of the state education department, no action has been taken yet. However, the Education Department maintains that the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission is responsible for the delay and that the issue will be resolved soon.

Elsewhere, in West Bengal, para teachers found a strange way to attract the attention of the authorities. They stood in a canal that flows past the resident of the Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee. These contractual teachers who teach at government-run schools are demanding a hike in salary and and want their wages to be revised without delay.

The Chief Minister had recently announced a three per cent annual increment in wages, which these teachers feel is insufficient. At the primary level, the salary of para teachers was hiked from Rs 5,594 to Rs 10,000 a month. For the higher secondary-level teachers, it was hiked from Rs 8,500 to Rs 13,000.

Meanwhile, in Telangana, the teaching staff in corporate and private educational institutes have not received their salaries for about 11 months now. Telangana state BJP president has taken up their cause and has assured that they will receive the required support to have the issue resolved. He also requested them not to resort to any drastic steps.

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