Non-payment of salary

Private aided school staff threaten stir

Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 11

Upset over the alleged ‘indifferent’ attitude of leaders of the area towards non-payment of salaries for many months, office-bearers of the district unit of the Private Aided School Staff Association have threatened to launch an agitation, if salaries are not paid immediately.

The association has urged the management committees of respective schools to impress upon the authorities concerned to pay the pending salaries to employees.

Ravinder Jit Puri, an office-bearer of the district unit, alleged that the staff at about two dozen private-aided schools falling under jurisdiction of the Sangrur District Education had not been paid salary for eight months. Besides these a couple of other schools had not received grants for even more months.

“Unfortunately a number of power connections and civic amenities connections had been disconnected, due to non-payment of bills regularly. Inability to pay instalments of obligatory payments at scheduled dates made employees pay fines and penalties,” said Mandeep Singh Adiwal, an affected employee of a local senior secondary school.

The non-payment of salary of employees of private-aided schools has been a recurrent issue in the state.

Viney Kumar, Principal, MGMN Senior Secondary School, said documents related to the claim of the salary had long been submitted with authorities concerned at Sangrur and it is expected that the salary for some months would be paid soon. “We have already submitted documents related to the claim for the salary for all months and district authorities have assured that the salary would be paid as and when approval from the state government is received,” said Viney Kumar.

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