The do or die battle waged by teachers for salaries through nationalized banks has finally made them victorious as Maharashtra Government on Thursday issued an order in this regard. Now the teachers will receive their salaries through nationalized banks. The Government move has been hailed by all Teachers’ Associations.
According to the State Government order, now, teachers and non-teaching staff of recognized private aided primary, middle and higher secondary schools in Nagpur District will get their salaries and allowances through Union Bank of India. Subsequently, the Government Order of July 4, 2013 has been stayed. According to that order, Nagpur District Central Cooperative Bank (NDCCB) was approved to extend Core Banking facility till March 31, 2014. The facility was extended till April 30 but will cease to continue further.
It may be recalled, various teachers’ associations like Private Primary Teachers’ Association, Shikshak Bharti, Vidarbha Teachers’ Association, and other associations of Headmasters, Teachers, Non-Teaching Staff were agitating for salaries through nationalized banks for the past many years. The teachers were not paid salaries for years together even after the salary amount was deposited in NDCCB. The irregular payment of salaries forced teachers demand closure of accounts in NDCCB and salaries through nationalized banks, grants of mid-day meals through nationalized banks, and online payment facility to over 26,000 teachers in Nagpur District.
The Maharashtra Government had promised regular salaries along will all facilities through NDCCB only instead of nationalized banks. But the teachers were neither paid regular salaries nor given other facilities. This drawback only forced teachers wage a long-drawn battle including agitations, series of hunger strikes, “Ghanta Naad,” black ribbon protests, submitting of dozens of memorandums to Government and Education Department as well. But all in vain. However, a do or die battle on the part of teachers forced the State Government accept the demand of salaries through nationalized banks.