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NPRAAF urges FD to release RMSA funds

Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:03
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Dimapur, October 11:  Without undermining the importance various activities under RMSA, the Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has stated that top priority should be accorded towards payment of salaries to teachers without whom the very objective of RMSA would be defeated.

The NPRAAF was reacting to the clarification issued by RMSA that all funds received under RMSA is not solely for salary but includes other components also.

The forum also appreciated the SMO, RMSA for disclosing that the GoI had sanctioned Rs 1180.62 lakh as 2nd part of the 1st instalment and trying its best to get its release for payment of salaries. It, however, asked if the GoI has sanctioned the amount, why the Finance Department (FD) is withholding the release, and urged the FD to release the sanctioned amount without delay for payment of salaries to the aggrieved RMSA teachers.

On the clarification by SMO, RMSA Mission Director that the total amount of funds received under RMSA during 2016-17 and 2017-18 inclusive of GoI sanction and State share comes to Rs 90.33 crore, the NPRAAF said as per 9 drawal authorities (inclusive of GoI sanction and state share) issued by the State FD during the two financial years, a total amount of Rs 99.83 crore has been released so far. 

"This leads to excess release of Rs 9.5 crore (Rs 99.83cr-Rs 90.33cr)," it pointed out and urged the FD to satisfactorily clarify on the excess release. (Page News Service) 

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