Govt slammed over job loss

The teachers burn papers in Agartala on Saturday. Picture by Abhisek Saha

Agartala: A section of terminated 10,323 teachers on Saturday burnt a state government notification stating their termination and ad hoc recruitment for six months according to the Supreme Court order.

The group of school teachers, led by Arabindra Sharma and Pradip Banik, gathered at Hindi Higher Secondary School here and blamed the state government for its failure to save their jobs. They said a six-month extension on ad hoc basis was an insult to the teachers.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with his associates at the school, Banik said a four-member delegation of his group would meet Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in Delhi on Tuesday.

The meeting will be held in the presence of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the party’s Tripura unit president Biplab Kumar Deb. He said they would appeal to the government to amend provisions of the Constitution.

Efforts will be made to meet President Ram Nath Kovind during the visit, Banik added.

The teachers had earlier said granting a five-year relaxation to the terminated teachers to upgrade their educational qualifications according to the teacher recruitment guidelines was the only way to deliver justice.

A separate group, led by Bhaskar Deb, on Friday criticised Sharma and his associates, saying they were “manipulated” by political forces.

The BJP’s Yuba Morcha held the Left Front government responsible for unemployment of nearly eight lakh youths in the state and termination of 10,323 teachers.

Yuba Morcha leader Pankaj Shuklabaidya told this correspondent that protests were held in seven Assembly constituencies of Sadar subdivision in West Tripura district on Saturday.

He led a protest at Town Bardowali. The protesters burnt facsimile copies of their degree certificates. “Nearly 8 lakh eligible youths were rendered jobless in last two decades. The state lacks in industrial ventures too,” he said.

The protesters demonstrated with torn clothes and construction workers’ tools to show the condition they have been allegedly reduced to.

Debraj Deb Telegraph India

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