More than 3,000 government teachers have been waiting for their salaries for a week in Vizianagaram district. Bankuru Joginaidu, Honorary Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Teachers Federation Association Vizianagaram District, alleged that the state government is causing untold suffering to teachers despite their dedication and hard work. He asked the government to pay the salaries immediately.
“It is absolutely unfair to target teachers by stopping their salaries. They are unable to lead a normal life without payment of wages,” he added. United Teachers Federation Vizianagaram District Chairman J. Ramesh Chandra Patnaiak and District General Secretary JAVRK Eswara Rao and other officials staged a protest at the district treasury office over the issue.
Mr. Eswara Rao said teachers working in the rural mandals of Jami, Gantyada, Dattirajeru, Ramabharapuram, Denkada, Regidi and Vizianagaram received their salaries only on November 8. He said many families were expected to pay their equivalent monthly installments for home loans, car loans and the like by the 5th of each month.
When contacted, District Collector A. Suryakumari said teachers in a few mandals could not collect their salaries due to new school mapping. “Now, salaries are linked to the presence of teachers. Attendance calculations and other details need to be addressed. That could be the reason for the delay,” she added.
District Education Officer (Head) K.Venkateswarulu said The Hindu that there were no delays in processing invoices at any level. “We are also bringing the matter to the attention of the government,” he added.