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Monday, June 15, 2009 03:30:45 PM, Aleem Faizee


 Teachers protesting outside

the Malegaon Corporation

building. (File Photo)

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A Living Hell: Established in 1863 Malegaon Municipal Council till a decade ago was regarded as one of the richest Council in Maharashtra. It was so prosperous that when Nashik and Malegaon both were Municipal Councils, it used to lend Nashik Municipal Council the funds needed for the monthly payments....Read Full

Malegaon: For over thousand families here in Malegaon, life has become a hell as the local civic body is persistently failing in paying its share of the teachers’ and the pensioners’ salaries and pensions in time.  As of today the School Board has able to release the salaries till December 2008. How and when it would release the remaining five months' salary is still a mystery.


“My sister is handicapped and is totally depending on me. But because our salaries for five to six months are always pending and we get a month’s salary after three to four months, I am unable to provide regular medicines needed for her”, sadly said a teacher, pleading not to disclose his name fearing the consequences.


Last time the teachers had received their salaries was on May 25, 2009 when they were given the salary for the month of December 2008. The salaries from January to May are still pending with the board.


Ironically this is not the first time the teachers and pensioners in Malegaon are in a dilemma. In fact it has become the routine for them ever since the civic body in Malegaon was elevated to a Corporation in September 2001 and the State Government decided it would share 50% of the teachers’ salary, against 80% as in case of Municipal Council, and the remaining 50% would be shared by the local civic body. But citing poor financial condition Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) refused to pay more than 20%.


Today the situation has reached to such a position that many teachers are forced to work as petty labourers to help their families. “Some of us are working in the powerloom factories during the nights and joining the schools next morning without taking any rest”, says another teacher on the condition of anonymity.


Ironically the bank loans and LIC premiums are regularly being deducted from the salaries at the time of the payment, but they are not deposited to the respective banks and LIC offices. “Nobody knows who will pay the arrears and the ever increasing interests on the loans”, says the same teacher.


According to the sources the State Government is regularly paying its share of 50%. But the Corporation is in no way ready to share the balance amount. This has resulted in its dues to the school board reaching to over ten crore rupees.


Commenting on the situation Saleem Apsara, the newly elected chairman of the school board says, "My top priority is to regularise the teachers' salary and for this I am communicating with the State Government."


Hearing of the matter today in Court

The teachers affiliated with various All India and State level Organizations wandered from one office to another in order to persuade and request the concerned ministers and officers to find a solution. When their struggle couldn’t bring them any result they moved to the High Court.


"We filed a writ petition in the High Court on February 6, 2007. On which the court in its decision taken on February 12, 2007 directed the corporation to release the payments within 15 days. Else it would recommend the government to dissolve the civic body", Umar Qureshi, the president of the Malegaon Teacher’s Association informs while speaking to


The Corporation in response to the court decision rushed to the Supreme Court pleading inability for making the payment due to poor financial condition and sought further extension in the time limit. The Supreme Court while giving the relief that it would not be dissolved directed the corporation to release the salaries in the stipulated time. To control the situation the State Government sanctioned a loan amounting to ten crore rupees to the Civic Body and any harm that was in store for the corporation was averted for few months.


The Supreme Court ruling saved the corporation however for the teachers the situation still remains the same and to this date they are struggling to get their salaries. Subsequently the Teachers' Association moved to the High Court again this time with a contempt petition against the corporation as it failed to obey the court order. In its hearing on April 6, 2009, the High Court set June 15 as the final deadline for the corporation to release all the pending salaries.


As the corporation has failed to obey the court order yet again, the hopes of the beleaguered teachers are now rest on the High Court which would be hearing their petition today on June 15.




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Malegaon has very complicated issues. Needs whole-hearted efforts from all.

S Chokalingham (IAS)

Former Collector Dist Nashik

now Additional Commissioner, Sales Tax (Maharashtra)


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