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Teachers’ body demands Govt action
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 10 – Not satisfied with the government’s decision to hush-up their demand for provincialisation with a one time financial assistance, the aggrieved teachers under the banner of Assam Sikshak Karmachari Aikya Mancha have asked the State Government to start the process of provincialisation before the ensuing State Assembly polls.

The teachers along with the Mancha have also decided to create obstacles in the poll campaigns, meetings etc., attended by the ministers and MLAs of the ruling government if provincialisation of the schools does not come out in the gazette notification before the elections.

Talking to The Assam Tribune Diganta Kumar Sarma, secretary of the Mancha said that the members of the Mancha are ready to obstruct Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s programme in Barpeta on February 11.

“Today also, we protested in a meeting attended by Congress leader Bhubaneswar Kalita in Rangiya Puthimari. Such types of protests would be launched in a more vigorous manner in the days to come,” he said.

“Our demand to give an interim relief to the teachers in the form of grant in aid was sidelined by the State Government as it would have initiated the process of provincialisation,” Sarma said adding that to give the financial assistance in the name of grant in aid, the government have to recognise the posts and the institutions. “This is a clear indication that the government does not want to recognise the non provincialised educational institutions, contributing immensely to the public education system in the State,” he mentioned.

At present there are around 16,130 non-provincialised educational institutions in the State including 8,591 LP schools, 4,745 ME schools, 1690 High schools and High Madrassas, 185 Higher Secondary schools, 144 Junior Colleges, 142 Degree Colleges, 633 all types of Madrassas, and 67 Sanskrit Tols.

The organisation alleged that the demand for grant in aid have been deliberately sidelined to avoid fixed pay to the teachers.

According to the Mancha there are around 1.20 lakh teachers in the non provincialised educational institution in the State. However, in government records the number is only around 90,000.

“We have already informed the State government about our stand through a memorandum. Now, immediate action on their part is awaited,” Sarma added.

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