|Chandigarh: Those who played key role in bringing children of beggars and underprivileged sections of society to the classroom and contibuted their bit in the literacy percentage, found themselves out of the frying pan into the fire. Forty-six SSA volunteers who were shown door in October last year after 14 years of service, again rushed to the Education Department, Chandigarh, to meet the senior officials. These volunteers had also worked at Rs 289 per month.
An order from the Home Department, Chandigarh, dated February 7, 2017 was issued and permission was granted to schools mentioned therein to fill up part time ‘nursery ayas’ through outsourcing at the rate of Rs 5902 per month after following proper procedure. Some of them told Daily Post that they approached the concerned schools for joining but the schools refused to join them on the plea that no letter has been issued to them.
They further stated that earlier they were tagged at volunteer teachers, now have been ‘degraded’ to nursery Ayas. They also revealed that when they were SSA teachers, they were paid Rs 6000 per month but now the emoluments have been reduced to Rs 5902 per month.
Neha who is BA, BEd and MA in English had been teaching as SSA teacher since 2014, and now being asked to work as nursery teacher. Notably, on the other hand, the principal of GMSSS, Sector 23-A had written a letter to M/s Gretis India Limited, Zirakpur, to provide one nursery Aya for her school vide letter dated February 11, 2017 while the order of the Home Department included the name of this school to appoint one nursery Aya from the SSA volunteers. Neither Education Department officials nor principals of the schools were accommodative and on one pretext or the other, they are being denied joining.
These volunteers were shown the door on the plea that there was no scope to share liability from the state budget on account of salary. Sunita Bakshi said that they have been working under SSA project since 2003 and went door-to-door to impress upon parents to send their children to schools. But now they were surprised over the behaviour meted out to them, she said. It seems that all this exercise was done to accommodate their own people, she said.
An official of the Education Department when contacted did not give plausible reply but said, “Parde mein rehne