Jharkhand’s madrassa, Sanskrit school teachers demand pay hikes

February 24th, 2009 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Feb 24 (IANS) Teachers of madrassas and Sanskrit schools in Jharkhand Tuesday held protests here demanding that the Sixth Pay Commission report, recommending pay hikes for government employees, be implemented for them too.
Hundreds of these teachers under the banner of the Madrassa-Sanskrit Teachers Coordination Committee (MSTCC) took part in the demonstration in front of the Governor’s HOuse.

“We are part of the educational system but there is disparity when it comes to us,” said Srikant Pandey, president of MSTCC.

Like madrassas, which are Islamic seminaries, the Sanskrit schools are partly aided by the government. The teaching of Sanskrit is mandatory in the latter.

Abdul Hannan, secretary of the association, said: “Besides implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, we want pension and provident fund facilities to be extended to us.”

The association has announced it will go on an indefinite hunger strike if its demands are not fulfilled by the government.

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