Chief Minister Kalikho Pul assured to release 14 months pending Honorarium of contractual employees under Saakshar Bharat Mission, a National Flagship Programme to literate India, launched by the Govt of India on September 2009.Late in the Monday evening, it was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that the State Coordinators, District Coordinators, Block Coordinators and the Village Coordinators (Preraks) appointed under SBM Programme on contract basis have not received their honorarium for the last 14 months.
It is pertinent to mention here that the SBM Programme was lauched by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2010 under which 6 State Coordinators, 60 District Coordinators, 152 Block Coordinators and 3426 Village Coordinators (Preraks) was appointed on contract basis in the same year. Altogether, SBM employs 3644 coordinators/preraks covering 152 Blocks and 1713 Gram Panchayats with the target of achieving 2,16,325 adult learners by paying honorarium of Rs 6000/- per month to Coordinator and Rs 2000/- per month to Preraks.
All Arunachal Pradesh Saakshar Bharat Mission Employee Association while placing their grievances before the Chief Minister on Monday evening apprised that 14 months honorarium to the employees under SBM Programme were pending due to non-release of state matching share for 2013-14 and 2014-15 on time by the state govt. and subsequent non-release of central grants of Rs 1577 lacs for the year 2015-16 by Govt of India under the programme thereby affecting the employees adversely.
It was only on 28th March 2016 that the state matching share of Rs 21.62 lacs for two years was released by the state govt. After the release of state matching share on March 2016, GOI could only release Rs 426 lacs to the state govt against proposed amount of Rs 1577 lacs towards the recurring expenditure. The released amount would only suffice to clear about 6 months honorarium to the Coordinators/Preraks. Remaining 8 months honorarium can only be cleared after receiving balance central grants of Rs 1151 lacs from Govt of India, the memorandum cited.
The representatives of AAPSBMEA have requested the Chief Minster to address their grievances and to release their 14 months pending honorarium at the earliest so as to enabling them to tide over the crisis to which the Chief Minister Pul assured to redress their grievances.