Ramavtar Sharma, a winner of National Award to Teachers, has been chasing officials for an extra increment for nearly six decades.
Sharma is now 80.
I have spent lakhs of rupees and suffered a lot for the honour I deserve. The amount of the double increment may be meagre, but it is for honour and justice that I am fighting for years, Sharma told PTI.
Sharma said two years later the Rajasthan Panchayat Samiti announced the double increment reward for teachers responsible for doubling the student strength at their schools and ensuring that no one dropped out for a year.
According to his account, there were only 38 students at his school then. Their strength increased to 138 during 1960-61.
Subsequently, it was lost.
I was taken aback when I was told my file was missing from the records, he said.
He believes this setback caused his wife's brain haemorrhage then. She suffers from paralysis now. The file, apparently, was found later
Over the years Sharma won several honours as a teacher.
In 1989, then prime minister V P Singh handed out an award to him for community development. President R Venktaraman gave him a certificate in 1991 for his efficient work during the population census.
He got a state-level Shikshak Samman' in 1997 and was among those who received the National Award to Teachers next year from then President K R Narayanan.
But the promised double increment, which he sees as another recognition for his work, still eluded him.
The matter has been pending for too long, the minister admitted.