Meghalaya Minister hopeful of fulfilling deficit school teachers’ demands
By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, May 22, 2018:
A day after the deficit teachers of Meghalaya served a two-week deadline to the government to implement the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said that the State Government will try its best to find a solution to demands of the deficit school teachers in the State.
"The State Government is still examining the various options which are available for fulfilling the demands of the teachers. The Government recognizes the contribution of the teachers to improve the quality of education in the State," Rymbui told media persons here today.
Maintaining that the Government is not turning a blind eye to the demand of the teachers, he said that it is a big challenge for the State Government to implement the new pay hike for the deficit schools teachers.
"But the credit goes to the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma who remains committed to see that this problem is address at the earliest," Education Minister said.
He said that it is important to remain positive and the Government is sincere in its effort to meet the aspirations of the teaching community in the State.
Yesterday, the deficit school teachers had given the Meghalaya Government two-week deadline to implement the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission.
"If the Government failed to comply to our demands within June 3, then they would resort agitations from the following day (June 4)," Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teacher's Association (KJDSTA) ED Nongsiang had earlier said.
He said that the Action Committee constituted during a meeting held on May 19 had been tasked with the job to decide on the nature of the agitations which would be held in a phase manner across the State.
The KJDSTA president said that it is really unfortunate that the State Government is yet to take a call on this matter despite the assurance to fulfill their demands within a span of ten days.
It may be mentioned that the deficit school teachers are demanding from the State Government to extend the benefits of the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission even to the deficit school teacher's right from the primary level upto the higher secondary level.