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Teacher father’s salary released by Govt 5 days after his son’s suicide

Rs 33 crores released for payment of salaries of 630 teachers

SRINAGAR, JUN 2: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday released salary of a teacher whose son committed suicide on May 28.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Director School Education Kashmir Tassaduq Hussain Mir today released Rs 33 crores to chief education officers of Kashmir for payment of withheld salary of 630 teachers, including the father of a boy from Kulgam who committed suicide.

In the meantime, an order was issued by the Chief Accounts Officer of the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK).

“Sanction is accorded to the release of funds to the tune of Rs thirty three crores under salary component of Samagra to the Chief Education Officers of Kashmir Division,” it reads.

It also states that the funds shall strictly be utilized for with-drawal of the pending salaries of un-transited RRET’s and Un-regularized RETs.

“Chief Education Officers (CEOs) or Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) shall strictly adhere to all the codal formalities, financial regulations and circular instructions issued from time to time in this regard,” it reads.

The order also reads that the Chief Education officers shall ensure that further disbursement of funds to the DDOs subsequently withdrawal of salaries immediately without any further delay.

“The respective DDOs shall obtain an undertaking duly attested from RRET’s to the effect that in case adverse report regarding character antecedents or genuineness of certificates is received they shall have to refund the salary drawn along with the interest,” it reads.

The government also said that the salary in favour of RRET’s having 10+2 as their qualification and those having overlapping degrees shall be paid with a grade pay of Rs 2400.

Earlier in the video shot by the boy before committing suicide, he was heard as saying that he was forced to take this extreme step due to financial crises of his family following non-payment of the salary of his father for last over two-and-a half years.

Pertinently all the teachers whose salary was withheld have blamed a former Director School Education Kashmir for withholding their wages—(KNO)


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