Jammu, August 21, 2015 : Demanding immediate release of pending salary of Teachers working under New Pension Scheme, members of Teachers Guild Jammu & Kashmir held an urgent meeting today at its headquarter. The meeting was chaired by Nasir Ahmed Qurashi, State President of Teachers Guild. The meeting was called upon by Vijay Kumar Sharma, State General Secretary, Teachers Guild on the request put forth by the members of zonal groups regarding release of pending salary of teachers under New Pension Scheme. Besides Virender Kumar Sharma, Mohan Singh Choudhary, Vice Presidents TGJK, Advocate Mohd. Farooq Faraz Qurashi, Legal Advisor TGJK, Narayan Baru, Programme Coordinator, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Wani, Convener Literary Cell TGJK and heads of other cells of Teachers Guild were also present in the meeting.
In his presidential address, Nasir Ahmed Qurashi said that it is unfortunate that the pending salaries of teachers under New Pension Scheme are not released so far. He said that as per the complaints available with Teachers Guild Jammu and Kashmir two to twelve months salaries of teachers under NPS have not been paid yet. He said that as per the information provided by the teachers and members of Teachers Guild namely Mudasir Ali (Zone Bijbehara Kashmir), Monika Khorana and Ankush Manath (Zone Marh), Mutazir Farooq (Zone Wagoora Baramula), Mohit Verma (Zone Basholi Kathua), Vicky Sharma (Zone Billawar Kathua), Parveen Saini (Zone Bishnah), Bhat Yaseen Bhat (Zone Islamabad Kashmir), Ajay Kumar (Zone Akhnoor), Mohammad Ishaq (Zone Peeri Rajouri), Parshotam Kumar (Zone Chinkah), Raees Dar (Zone Vailoo Anantnag), Bipan Singh (Zone Gandoh Doda), Rakesh Sangral (Zone Surankote), Mohd. Ashraf (Zone Gundana), Neena Modi (Zone Gandhi Nagar), Sonia Sharma, Sunita Kumari, Amiteeshwar and Punit Kour (Zone Satwari), Gagan Kesar (Zone Naushehra), Zakir Wani (Zone Bhaderwah), Tejinder Dutta (Zone Lakhanpur Kathua), Raj Singh (Zone Pencheri Udhampur), Munir Ahmad (Zone Bhalla) and Mahmood Ahmed Sabri (Zone Nangali Saheb Poonch) there are two to twelve months salaries of New Pension Scheme teachers pending. As a result, the aggrieved teachers and their families are suffering badly and facing extreme and endless hardship in their personal, economical and social lives. Nasir Ahmed Qurashi expressed anguish over this delay and alleged that pick and choose policy has been adopted by the dealing assistants of district offices in releasing funds for salaries under different schemes. He demanded an impartial inquiry into the matter and urged the Education Minister Naeem Akhtar to personally intervene and enquire that why equality and transparency has not been maintained in release of funds for salaries. He said that there are some employees who have been paid up-to-date salary and there are others whose liability is still pending.
Vijay Kumar Sharma, State General Secretary of the Teachers Guild, said that it is mockery on part of the concerned authorities of finance department that there is no proper check system for monitoring of the release of funds at district level and even the budget control registers are not in place. So, the dealing assistants are making allotments of their choice due to their vested interests. Few have been paid fully while others are in wait. He expressed serious concern over non-payment of salary to teachers under New Pension Scheme in regular manner. He demanded immediate release of state/central share for salary of teachers under New Pension Scheme. He said that otherwise the teachers shall be forced to adopt the path of agitation to seek the justice.
Others members of the Teachers Guild, who participated in the meeting, showed solidarity with NPS teachers and raised their bold voice in favour of their colleagues were Nasir Mir, Sanjay Sharma, Majeed Ahmed, Ram Lal, Ravi Kumar, Kasturi Lal, Parveen Akhtar, Charanji Lal, Puran Sharma, Sanjeev Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Pawan Kumar.