AGARTALA, May 19 – Adding more woes to the fund-starved Left Front Government, thousands of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers have threatened to launch a fast unto death agitation if their services are not regularised by May 26.
Altogether 7,500 SSA teachers have been demanding for regularisation of their services since long time. They even met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in August, last year on the issue.
To protest against the government apathy, a delegation of SSA Teachers Association called on School Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty recently and strongly demanded regularisation of their services. However, the Minister instead of giving assurance, allegedly got wild and virtually rebuked them saying the Left Front Government would be able to retain power even if 7,500 teachers do not vote the ruling Front in the 2013 Assembly elections.
Chakraborty further continued, “All of you have joined the SSA after reading the advertisement in which it was clearly mentioned the job was purely temporary. Now, why you people are insisting for regularisation of service”.
Pained by the Minister’s attitude, SSA teachers told media that they would wait till May 26. “We will have a meeting on May 26 and launch the fast-unto-death stir”, said an officer bearer of the Association.
Sources in the government claimed, the financial condition of the State is not satisfactory due to the deprivation by the 13th Finance Commission. In fact, it was the severe financial crunch that has stalled fresh appointments in School Education department triggering resentment among unemployed youths ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath giving full backing to the SSA Teachers’ Association’s stand, urged the Chief Minister to sympathetically consider their one-point demand.