|SBM scheme extended for 6 months, workers yet to be regularised|
|Shiv Dev Thakur|
Early Times Report
Jammu, Apr 17: Although the state government has extended a centrally sponsored scheme by six more months, the workers engaged under it are yet to be regularised.
The State Literacy Mission (SLMA) was constituted in 2010 and PRERAKS, Block Coordinators, District Coordinators were appointed on merit basis. Thousands of unemployed, educated youth were appointed and are still engaged under the scheme. Many of the workers have crossed the maximum age limit for government service, while others are about to cross. But the government has failed to get their services regularized.
Though the youth had agreed to work on a meager amount of Rs 2000 per month, the government has failed to even ensure the monthly salaries of the workers. As a result the salaries of many of the workers are pending with the Education department.
An SBM worker working with the Education department as PRERAK said, "I am working with the department from last around four years, but I have not received salary for last one and half year. Many of my colleagues are awaiting salaries from more than two years."
"We have approached the government and higher officials of the Education department to seek our regularization as well as clearance of our pending salaries. Nothing has been done, though," the worker said.
When contacted by Early Times, Parveiz Kakroo, the Joint Director of Education department said the scheme has been extended for six more months and is likely to be extended for many more months. "The regularization of the SMB workers is still uncertain, but the pending salaries were cleared in almost all the areas while in others it will be cleared within days," he added.