Minister directs early payment of arrears, salaries to teachers

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Daily wage staff of schools to be regularized

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Minister of State for Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Monday directed all the school principals and department concerned in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to resolve issue of payment to daily wage teachers on priority basis.
Funds should be release for payment to all the daily wage teaching and non-teaching staff in the light of the recommendations of Haseeb Athar Committee, said the Minister. He was chairing the monthly performance meeting of the Ministry of CADD.
Daily wage teachers have been complaining of the federal government’s indifference to their woes as they are being denied salaries for last six months besides they are under a perpetual threat of losing their job. Off and on these daily wage staffers of various model and federal government colleges and schools holding peaceful demonstrations outside the Press Club, Parliament House and other offices but so far no one has come to their rescue.
However, CADD minister took up the matter yesterday and made it clear to the officials of the CADD that he wanted some solid action. “I mean business and there will be no further delay on this matter of human interest,” one of the officials who attended the meeting quoted the minister as saying.
CADD minister also directed the Chairman Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) to devise a policy on fee structure of the private educational institutions of the town. The matter should be resolved one for all, said the minister. He also expressed his surprise over some schools’ opposition to the government’s directions of reverting to previous fees unless the court gives a clear order. All the educational institutions working in the federal capital are bound to follow the law of the land and no one is above the law, he said.
The minister also reiterated the PML-N government’s resolve to allocate quota in government jobs for handicapped special persons.
Special persons will be accommodated not only in the government jobs but we shall see to it the private institutions also allocate some job quota for them, said the minister. For promotion of reading habits in the city, the minister said the government was setting up libraries in various parts of the federal capital so that people particularly youth could befriend books and adopt reading habits as their pastime. These libraries will be offering all the facilities of a modern state-of-the-art library in the world and students could find books and journals on all subjects there, he said. The Minister of State directed the Director General National Library to prepare recommendations in this regard and share with him in the next meeting so that action could be taken on this as early as possible.

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