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JAC: No salaries for 3 months, examination board employees stage stir

Ranchi: Around 340 employees of Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), the state’s examination conducting body, on Monday stalled worked and staged stir outside the council office to protest against non-payment of salaries since last three months, forcing them to spend the recently concluded festivals in penury, they rued.

Raising anti-government slogans, the protestors alleged apathy towards them, majority of whom, despite the covid-19 pandemic, worked overtime to ensure timely conduct of this year’s board examinations.

Sources said that the salaries are withheld because of non-appointment of a chairman after Arvind Prasad Singh’s tenure ended recently. Although, the council has a functional secretary but he doesn’t have financial powers due to which staffs are running without salaries.

A JAC source said, “Government should have provided temporary financial powers to the secretary so that he could sign for disbursal of the salaries. Ironically, none is bothered about it.”

Another protestor added, “Why can’t concerned authorities (read) government plan things in advance? Wasn’t it aware that the term of chairman will end on its stipulated time? Why couldn’t it place another chairman in the meantime? At least, it could have made alternative arrangements to ensure that the staff don’t face salary hurdle. Did you ever hear that ministers or IAS/IPS not getting salaries ever? It’s only the lower rung staffs who often face the brunt.”

The agitation was withdrawan in the evening after education minister Jagarnnath Mahto’s assistance to solve their issue within a week.