Decision on ad hoc teachers’ salary hike likely in a month
Shillong, May 12: The state government may take a decision on increasing salary of ad hoc teachers in a month, said after meeting Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday.
FASToM (Federation of Ad-hoc School Teachers of Meghalaya) spokesperson Mayborn Lyngdoh told reporters that the government would convene three Cabinet meetings before deciding on salary hike and the government is expected to complete the exercise in a month’s time”.
“We are quite happy with the (outcome of the) meeting today… we will wait for the three Cabinet meetings for the ministers to take a collective decision,” he added.
The delegation of teachers met Additional Chief Secretary DP Wallang and later continued the talks with the chief minister.
As Sangma met a delegation of FASToM members on Thursday, hundreds of ad hoc teachers with placards gathered near the secretariat. At least three rounds of talks were held between the FASToM delegation and government representatives.
Sangma later pointed out that a revised payment for ad hoc teachers would mean extra expenditure of hundreds of crores of rupees annually.
“Then there are only two ways ahead of us — one is to cut the budget from the other departments, divert the funds from somewhere else and put it into this because there is only one pool; and the second is to raise more revenue. Therefore, all these things have to be discussed in detail in the Cabinet,” Sangma said.
Lyngdoh said the financial implications were discussed too. (Video: No enhancement of salary for six years)