The Centre has released fund tuning to Rs 158 crore for Meghalaya for payment of pending salaries of teachers in the State and other education related activities under Samagra Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).

This was informed by Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui.

Rymbui said that following relentless pursuance of the matter with the Centre, the Union Education Ministry released the fund on December 21.

“I thank Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and officers of the education department for working tirelessly to pursue the matter with the Centre,” Rymbui said.

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The released fund would be used for payment of pending salaries of the SSA teachers till the month of December and training of elementary and secondary education teachers.

Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that the fund has been transferred to the state exchequer, and preparations have been made to disburse the salaries of SSA teachers.

Rymbui further informed that the State Government has already utilised Rs 79 crore from its own corpus fund to pay the salary of the SSA teachers in the State.

Meanwhile, Lahkmen Rymbui expressed disappointment over the allegations levelled on the State Government by a certain section on the matter.

“We have been working very hard, right from my officers to the Chief Minister. But it is sad and unfortunate that people would come up with such baseless allegations,” he said.

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