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Protest march coincides with Teacherís Day celebrations
City Correspondent

Members of Asom Sikshak Karmachari Aikya Mancha taking out a protest rally over their various demands, in Guwahati on Wednesday. Ė UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - Thousands of teachers from various parts of Assam today hit the streets of Guwahati demanding solution of their long pending problems, even as their protest coincided with the Teacherís Day celebrations.

 The agitating teachers, under the banner of the Asom Sikshak Karmachari Aikya Mancha (ASKAM), marched from Swahid Nyas to Raj Bhawan demanding immediate steps from the government side to resolve their pressing issues.

Later, they withdrew the strike after Joint Secretary of the Education Department Partha Pratim Mazumder came to the spot with a letter from Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, inviting the protesters for a meeting at Dispur on September 12.

ďAround 48,000 teachers, working in the venture schools of Assam, have been deprived of their rights for years. We have been holding protests since 2008. In 2013, the government did provincialise some schools. But, the initiative covered only a few of them. Now, we will not stop until a proper mechanism is worked out to resolve our legitimate demands,Ē ASKAM president Kushal Kumar Haloi asserted.

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