Teachers in 112 schools in Durgapur are still unable to draw their salaries this month. However this is not the first time that is happening. The scenario is same across five sub-divisions of Burdwan district as well.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, soon after assuming office in May 2011 had promised payment of school teachers by the 1st of every month. But in Burdwan’s five subdivisions nearly 12000 teachers haven’t been able to avail the benefit yet.
In Durgapur nearly 3000 secondary teachers have not received their salaries though the respective ADI offices there had dispatched the salary bill to the treasury by 27 November. But on 3 December too, the teachers were not able to draw their salaries.
The ADI, Durgapur, Mrs Jayanti Roy said: “We received a communication from the higher administration to suspend salaries of teachers in certain schools where mid-day meal was yet to begin.” She added by saying: “Four such High Schools were laggards in mid-day meal implementation.” The communication also was forwarded to the Treasury Officer.
Meanwhile, hundreds of teachers led by the Trinamool Congress’s Siksha Cell today stormed into the office of the DI (Secondary), Burdwan and demanded immediate disbursement of their salaries. The teachers entered into a heated altercation with the DI, Mrs Jyotsnara Begum. The Cell’s district president Mr Swapan Ghosal was leading the disgruntled teachers.
Mr Ghosal alleged that the problem is part of a conspiracy hatched by a section of executives and employees with the respective DI, ADI offices.
The DI, Mrs Begum however said: “As per the state government’s instructions teachers’ salaries are forwarded to a centralized Computerised Online Salary Account using different software. A private agency was engaged to install the software but a glitch in it caused this inconvenience.” She added: “Software engineers will fix the problem soon.”