Nirmala School teachers on strike for non-payment of wages

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
6 Jun 2018

Employees of Nirmala School in the city staged a protest over non-payment of wages on Wednesday. As per reports, around 40 teachers and six non-teaching staff resorted to strike in front of the school accusing the management for holding-up their salaries for the past three months.    “We’ve not been paid our salaries since the month of March this year. The management took the extreme step after the Education Department derecognized Nirmala School among some other educational institutes in these islands. However, the management took up the matter and completed necessary formalities to renew the school’s recognition. It was earlier informed that the recognition will be renewed for a period of three years but subsequently reduced to three months after certain objections were raised by the Education Department. However, it is likely that the school’s recognition will be renewed before the resumption of the academic session after vacations. But the reason for holding up our salaries is still not clear,” said a teacher of Nirmala School.
“Nirmala School is one of the oldest schools of these islands and employees here have faced no such problems in the past 60 years. Repeated pleas to the management to release our pending salaries have proved futile. “It becomes very extremely difficult for us to pull on and manage our household expenditures without receiving salaries on time.  We are compelled to borrow money from friends and relatives and it’s quite a loss of face when we are not able to repay in time. We’ve to pay our house rents on time or face the ire of the landlord. We’re last told that approval of the Lt. Governor is required for disbursal of our salaries. Having left with no other option, we’re compelled to stage this protest, which will continue till our demands are met,” said another.