Mumbai - The city's secondary school teachers had been waiting for their salaries since 1 February.
The pay packets were however held up as the funds had not been released by the education department. 80 per cent of the annual funds released - a total of Rs 13000 crore - had already been used up, leading to a paucity in the banks. The salaries are usually disbursed through the Union Bank of India, but since the funds had dried up, teachers had to wait some more days for the salaries.
Finally, after MLA Kapil Patil met education commissioner Dheeraj Kumar, the remaining 20 per cent - Rs 2323 crore was disbursed on Thursday. While teachers in some parts of Mumbai received their salaries on Thursday, the rest would be paid by Friday or Saturday, state education director N K Jarag told Patil.