SSA teachers’ demand for salary in line with 7th Pay Commission approved

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced that the teachers of colleges and universities in the State will now get the benefits of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

Khandu, while inaugurating a programme at Dera Natung Government College here, said the matter will be examined by the education department and implemented at the earliest.

Noting that faculty shortage was a common problem in several government colleges, he said, the state has created 130 new posts for teaching and non-teaching staff in 29 higher education institutes.

“The state government is putting emphasis on quality education and every effort will be made to address manpower shortage and infrastructure-related problems,” the chief minister said.

Khandu also assured to sanction funds for building a boundary wall around the college campus and installing a transformer for power cuts.

He congratulated the editorial board members of a college research journal, which was released on the occasion.

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In his advice to the students, the chief minister asked them to make good use of social media and participate in social welfare activities.

Earlier, nearly 7,000 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in the State had gone on a three-day leave protesting the state government’s failure to fulfill their long-pending demands, including hike in salary and grants during maternity leave.

Making a strong pitch for “equal pay for equal works”, the teachers, under the aegis of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA), had said they were underpaid and could barely afford proper education and food for their children.

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The association had requested the state government to increase their salary in line with 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and Bidol Tayeng Committee reports.