7th Pay Commission: Thousands of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers continued their protest across Kashmir on Saturday to demand implementation of 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC even as Central Government employees  wait for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations. The SSA teachers are demanding de-linking of their salary from Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali had recently appealed to the teachers to avoid taking to streets as the government is working towards considering their demands, which also includes the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission report.

On June 11, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had directed the authorities to resolve the issues of the protesting teachers and release their salaries.

The protesting teachers have accused the government of showing indifferent attitute towards their demands. “They are still not showing any seriousness,” a protesting teacher was quoted as saying in a news report.

On Wednesday, the teachers tried to hold a sit-in near the civil secretariat. However, the protest was foiled by the police as several were detained at the Shaheed Gunj police station, a report said. The teachers also claimed of being cane charged by the police officials.

J&K Teachers Forum president Abdul Qayoom Wani, while expressing the ordeal which the teachers had to face, accused the administration of not allowing the teachers to stage a sit-in outside secretariat.

According to a report, PM Modi is likely to announce the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on August 15.

The last what we heard from the government was in March this year when Minister of State in Finance, P Radhakrishnan informed Rajya Sabha that it was not considering hiking minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. This dashed the hope of 48 lakh employees who have been demanding higher minimum pay.

The 7th Pay Commission allowances were approved by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 June, 2017. The 7th Central Pay Commission or 7CPC proposal was put forward in November 2015 to the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.