The suicide of a youth has stirred the authorities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), as they have woken from their deep slumber and released salaries of teachers who had not been paid since March 2019.
Shoib Bashir, the son of a government school teacher, was forced to end his life by his failure to pay the fees for his MA course in psychology. His father, Bashir Ahmad Mir, was not paid since March 2019.
The authorities had blocked his salary citing a police verification report. The 51-year-old teacher was arrested in 1990s on the charges of supporting the freedom movement. A local court later acquitted him of all charges.
The CID verification report contains no adverse remarks against Bashir Mir. The report concludes that “he is presently silent and busy with his job”. “A court has also issued orders asking that wages be released,” Shoib Bashir’s father said.
All of them have blamed the former Director of School Education Younis Malik, who was transferred a few months ago.
Director School Education Kashmir Tassaduq Hussain Mir released Rs 33 crores to chief education officers of Kashmir for payment of withheld salary of 630 teachers, including the father of the boy from Kulgam who committed suicide.—KMS