DIPHU, Aug 12: TET-qualified teachers specialising in Middle English (ME) and Lower Primary (LP) education from Karbi Anglong on Saturday met with Ranjeet Kumar Dass, the minister of panchayat and rural development, food and civil supplies, and consumer affairs, during his visit to Diphu. The teachers expressed their concern over the delay in receiving their salaries.
At the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Secretariat, the teachers highlighted their situation to minister Dass. They informed him that 192 TET-qualified teachers from LP schools have not received their salaries for the past 10 months, while 133 TET-qualified teachers from ME schools have not been paid for 11 months. The delay was attributed to the incomplete SIU (Salary Issuance Unit) process in Dispur. The LP school teachers were appointed in 2022, along with the 133 ME school teachers.
Probinson Millik, one of the affected teachers, mentioned that the minister advised them to submit a memorandum to the district commissioner (DC), addressed to the minister of hill areas development (HAD), Jogen Mohan. As the guardian minister for the hill districts, Jogen Mohan is deemed to be the appropriate person to discuss and address the matter.
During his visit, minister Dass also held a review meeting with officials from the Panchayat & Rural Development (P&RD) Department, Food & Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Department. This meeting took place at the KAAC conference hall. Minister Dass urged Block Development Officers (BDOs) to ensure the completion of various development schemes such as PMAY-G, Amrit Sarowar, and MGNREGA within the stipulated time.
The event was attended by notable figures including MLA Bidyasing Engleng, executive member (EM) of KAAC, P&RD, Lunsing Teron, principal secretary Mukul Kumar Saikia, and DC Madhumita Bhagawati.