07:28 GMT +322 October 2019
Listen Live
    In this photograph taken on June 1, 2016, Indian schoolchildren and teachers take part in lessons in classrooms at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS)run Sankardev Sishu Nikatan School in the Betkuchi area of Guwahati

    Over a Thousand Indian Teachers Threaten to Commit Mass Suicide on July 26

    © AFP 2019 / Biju BORO
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    211
    Subscribe

    The agitating teachers have claimed that in the last 12 years, the current dispensation in the northeastern state of Assam has arbitrarily stopped paying more than 12,000 teachers in state-run schools. They have claimed that 3,000 such teachers have retired while 91 have committed suicide.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): As many as 1,514 teachers in India's northeastern state of Assam say they have been deprived of their salaries for years due to an administrative flaw. They have submitted innumerable pleas to the state as well the central administration, but their issue is yet to be solved. The teachers, along with their families, have now threatened to commit mass suicide on July 26.

    READ MORE: Indian School Booked for Locking 16 Toddlers in Basement

    "The primary school teachers were given the appointment letters by the state government with a proper financial sanction. However, in 2006, they were declared to be appointed illegally," Basanta Neog, secretary of the All Assam Salary Deprived Assistant Teachers Association, told the media on Monday.

    Around 12,000 teachers, who had been working for 20-24 years, were suspended arbitrarily in 2006. Neog said that some of the teachers were given appointments by the then Asom Gana Parishad-led government between the years 1996 and 2001. 

    READ MORE: India’s First Transgender Principal Resigns

    "Teachers were receiving their salaries regularly till 1996. It was stopped for a while but government again resumed our salary from 2001. But, the Assam government in 2006 stalled our salaries following the declaration of illegal appointment," Ramen Saikia, another representative of the association, said.

    Despite the declaration that their appointment was illegal, these 12,000 teachers have been teaching classes regularly.

    Related:

    ‘They're Fed Up, They're Done': Arizona Teachers March, Demand Increased Funding
    15,000 Dutch Teachers Reportedly Go on Strike Over Working Conditions (PHOTOS)
    Kentucky, Oklahoma Teachers Rally Against War on Public Education (PHOTOS)
    ‘New Fire’: More US Teachers Strikes Show Invigorated Grassroots Struggle
    Tags:
    teachers, salaries, association, mass, non-payment, protest, suicide, State of Assam, India
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik