Unpaid for 6 months, Vidya Volunteers protest against government
The Vidya Volunteers (VVs) working at various primary, upper primary and high schools in Bomraspet, Kodangal and Doulatabad mandals of Vikarabad district
Kodangal: The Vidya Volunteers (VVs) working at various primary, upper primary and high schools in Bomraspet, Kodangal and Doulatabad mandals of Vikarabad district have come out on to the roads and took out rallies and conducted protest at the Kodangal mandal headquarters on Saturday and demanded that the state government to immediately release their pending salaries of past six months.
While taking part in a protest rally and later sitting on a protest at Kodangal mandal headquarters, Maasani Venkat, secretary of District Vidya Volunteers Association said that more than 240 Vidya Volunteers working in Kodangal, Bomraspet and Doulatabad mandals have not got their salaries since past six months now.
He demanded the government to immediately release the pending dues of the Vidya Volunteers or else they will be forced to go on indefinite relay hunger strike until the government obeys their demands.
The members of VV Association took out a rally from Mandal Education Resource Centre to Mandal Parishad Development Office (MPDO) and later sat on a protest in front of the MPDO office.
Speaking on the occasion Maasani Venkat said, "The Dducation department has failed to pay the pending dues of Rs 13 to 14 lakh to the VVs since past 6 months. How do you think the VVs would survive without the salaries? In spite of repeated requests, the District Dducation department officials have miserably failed to address the problems of the VVs. Fed up with their insensitive attitude we are forced to take up agitation against the government."
The VV Association president expressed his anger at the Vikarabad District Education Officer, who is acting indifferently towards the VVs problems. He said the VVs are putting their maximum efforts in improving the quality of education and the attendance of the students in the schools.
"The VVs in spite of getting meagre salaries are working equally with the regular teaching staff. But still the DEO authorities are belittling them and not paying them regular monthly salaries. We are demanding the government to release the pending salaries and from now onwards the VVs must also be given regular monthly salaries" said Maasani Venkat.