News from across Meghalaya

SSA school teachers demand hike in salaries

SHILLONG: Voicing their concern over the disparity in salary between the assistant teachers and the 4th teachers, the All Meghalaya SSA School Teachers’ Association has submitted a memorandum to Education Minister RC Laloo demanding immediate enhancement of salary of 4th teachers with effect from April 1, 2013.
The Association pointed out that assistant teachers were drawing a salary of Rs.9000 p.m. with effect from April 2013 whereas the 4th teachers were being paid Rs.6000 p.m.
The All Meghalaya SSA LP and UP School Teachers also submitted a memorandum to F.R. Kharkongor, State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, demanding regularization of the services of SSA school teachers.
They pointed out that SSA teachers in Meghalaya were getting a salary of Rs.9000 p.m. whereas SSA teachers in other neighboring states were being paid around Rs.20,000 p.m.
When contacted, Kharkongor said that there has been no sanction for 4th teachers from the Ministry of Human Resources Development.
“I have clarified everything to them and they have understood it,” he added.
Stating that all SSA teachers were contractual employees, he informed that the SSA teachers were appointed by the respective managing committees of the schools.
“SSA teachers are not recognized by us but we recognize the school managing committees,” he said.


MSCW to press for women’s participation in local bodies


SHILLONG: The Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) has asserted that it would take up the matter of women not being allowed to be part of the traditional local bodies in Meghalaya.
Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, MSCW Chairperson Theilin Phanbuh said that the Commission had discussed the matter with NGOs and citizens and added that the matter would be taken up with the concerned authorities.
While admitting that women in the North East region enjoyed more respect as compared to other parts of the country, she lamented that women here continue to suffer from several problems such as domestic violence and other forms of crime.
The statement from the MSCW comes ahead of a unique concert ‘Loud and Clear’ scheduled to be organised in the city on Feb 28 to mark International Women’s Day which falls on March 8.
Out of the four bands participating in the concert, three would be all-women bands from the region.
“The concert aims at celebrating womanhood and will be telecast on a number of channels under the Sure Waves Spot TV Network in the North East region on a prime time slot on March 8 when the entire world would celebrate International Women’s Day,” the statement read.

Demand for pollution certificate for vehicles in city

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Eco-Friendly Students’ Union has asked the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner to issue an order making it mandatory for all vehicles to have a valid ‘pollution under control’ certificate as specified by law.
The Union made the request based on the research work of one of its member which claimed that the ambient air quality in Shillong was above the permissible limit.
The research work also revealed that the overall elevated values of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) and Total Suspended Particulate Matter (TSPM) concentrations recorded in its ambient air was attributed mainly by motor vehicle emissions.
President of the Union, Rangdajied Marwein, said that the ambient air quality in Shillong which was above the permissible limit would put at risk the life of the people as many air borne diseases prevail in such as a negative atmosphere.

Workshop on total sanitation campaign in Nongstoin

From Our Correspondent

NONGSTOIN: A five-day workshop of trainers on Community-Led Total Sanitation Campaign led by a team from Field Work Foundation, Gurgaon, Haryana, was inaugurate on Tuesday at NSSS hall, Nongstoin.
The five-day workshop is organized by the District Water & Sanitation Mission (DWSM) along with the World Bank – WSP & Feedback foundation.
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman District Water and Sanitation Mission, S. Kharlyngdoh, inaugurated the workshop and expressed the need for faster implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission to make all rural villages fully sanitized within the time frame.
Kharlyngdoh also mentioned that West Khasi Hills District in 2014 had bagged the first position in Meghalaya under the Nirmal Gram Puruskar.
The training programme was attended by BDOs of four blocks of the district, district officials, local headmen and the public.
The training involves a field trip organized by the DWSM and Field Work Foundation to understand various alternatives of sanitation available in rural villages.

Discover Jaintia fest from today

From Our Correspondent

JOWAI: The 9th Discover Jaintia – the annual festival to boost tourism in the twin districts of Jaintia Hills – will begin in Jowai on Wednesday.
Organised by the Jaintia Tourism and Environment Society, formed in 2006 under the leadership of the then Deputy Commissioner F.R. Kharkongor, the festival aims at boosting tourism and to protect the environment.
“We love to be in a place surrounded with natural beauty. Therefore, unless the environment is protected, tourism cannot get a boost,” JTES president Philemon Lyngdoh said.
Principal Secretary, in charge Agriculture, Sericulture and Weaving, Sports and Youth Affair, P. Kharkongor, will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony.
The first day of the fest will see events like Discover Jaintia Run, exhibition of local products, cycle and bike stunts, walk in traditional attire, cultural performances, tug of war, students’ talent show, Shad Pastieh (victory and war dance), fire balloons and kite flying competitions. The evening will see music and dance, performance by local artists and magic show by local magicians.


One duped by TV channel

SHILLONG: In yet another instance of forgery and cheating in the city, one person was allegedly duped of Rs.41,000 by a TV show.
One Roshan Kumar Rai complained that he had participated in a TV Show called ‘Chehera Pahechaniye’ (Identify the face) between Feb 7 and 9 and had won the second prize money amounting to Rs.6,40,000.
Later, he deposited Rs.41,000 to claim the prize money as directed by one Vinay of Cinema TV.
However, till date he has not received the prize money.

CPI backs ASHAs’ cause

SHILLONG: The State Council of Communist Party of India has urged the State Government to address the concerns of more than 6000 Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHAs) who have boycotted the three-day national pulse polio campaign. Secretary of the party, S. Gupta, said that the Government should come forward immediately to meet their long-pending demands include enhancement of the wages, fixed honorarium of Rs.1000 and clearance of dues.

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