Vice President JKPCC and MLA Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori asked the administration to resolve the issues of Rehber-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers, who have been on indefinite hunger strike for the last four days in the state.

Around 41,000 SSA teachers and headmasters, working under RMSA, have been demanding implementation of the seventh pay commission and delinking of their salaries.

Mr. Saroori visited the new DC office complex Kishtwar and participated in the SSA teacher’s protest to express solidarity. The teachers also made a march towards the DC Office and raised the slogans in implementation of their demands.

While addressing the protesting teachers Saroori said the ReT scheme, under which qualified people of an area were appointed teachers in their respective areas, was started by the UPA Government headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh with an intention to lower the rate of unemployment and improve the literacy rate in the state.

Saroori said it was “unfortunate” that those who build society were on hunger strike and there is no one in the administration is listening their genuine demands. He said if Congress led government gave the ReT teachers the benefits of 6th pay commission why the government has deprived these teachers and masters from 7th pay commission, which is total injustice with the teachers and masters working under SSA and RMSA.

“Government should seriously talk to them, discuss the issues threadbare and try to address them,” he said and added that forcing teachers to go on hunger strike, using force against them should be avoided.

Saroori urged upon the Governor J&K Satya Pal Malik, his advisors, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Secretary Education that implementation of 7th pay commission is legal right of teachers and masters working under SSA and RMSA. He urged them to redress the issues of teachers and masters as early as possible, so that these teachers and masters will spend their sweat and blood for shaping the future of students enrolled in the schools.

Later the teachers along with Mr. Saroori submitted a memorandum to the Governor J&K through ADDC, Kishtwar Shri. Imam Din.