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23 March 2012

Mizoram Teachers Want To Stop Cooking Meals

Aizawl, Mar 23 : The government teachers in Mizoram have demanded an immediate end to their involvement in the implementation of the centrally-sponsored mid-day meal scheme.

Members of Federation of Mizoram Government School Teachers (FMGST), who started the procession from Vanapa Hall to the New Secretariat Complex, made a five-point demand to the state government.

The pre-matric scholarship and minority scholarship, which had been sanctioned by the central government, has remained unutilised due to the state government's alleged failure to meet its matching share.

As the current fiscal is about to end, the teachers demanded the government to take expeditious action to release the fund.

The teachers also strongly demanded an end to their involvement in the mid-day meal scheme. "Due to outstanding debts, we are no longer in a position to carry on the mid-day meal," the resolution said. During 2009-2010, the teachers had threatened to stop implementing the mid-day meal due to financial mismanagement.

However, they carried on the task after the government's earnest request. "As per the directives of the Supreme Court and the Government of India, we have decided not to involve any longer in cooking meals and collecting items for the mid-day meal," the resolution said.

Citing the difficulties faced by government teachers who draw their salaries under plan fund during the current fiscal, the teachers' federation also demanded the government to allocate adequate budget in the education department in the next fiscal.

As they learnt, the government is planning to give their due salaries from the 2012-13 budget. The teachers were also fed up with the state government's failure to meet state matching shares in SSA and RMSA schemes which had often resulted in lapse of fund.

"We want no more trouble in meeting the state matching share which only ten per cent of the sanctioned fund," the teachers said.


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