The C Times, 4th June 2017, Agartala: In September 2012, the Govt. of Tripura recruited 156 contractual LDC’s and Lab Assistants under RMSA through a proper advertisement for a period of 1 year. They were paid a salary of 6,933/- per month.
After three years of service, on July 2015 their salaries were suddenly put on hold. The affected employees ran from pillar to post and met the concerned authorities but to no avail. Finally, the panicked employees were forced to meet the Chief Minister at his residence and after listening to them the CM personally called the Education minister and asked him to look into the matter. He also suggested over phone to the education minister that if he can not afford to provide salary to the employees he should take necessary steps….
On 30th October 2015, the employees were suddenly slapped with termination orders without any prior notice. The furious employees went to meet the Education Director and on not getting satisfactory response decided to meet the Education Minister. Upon meeting the Education Minister he indicated non-availability of funds from Centre as the prime reason.
The 156 terminated RMSA non-teaching staffs then formed an association named “All Tripura Discontinued Employees Welfare Committee “. Also, these 156 members were CPIM party, active workers. They put up a Mass Stay-In-Strike across the state on advice of certain CPIM’s MLA and leaders to project their anguish over the Central Govt…said a member of ATDEWC.
Mr. Arup Kr. Pandit ( member of ATDEWC ) said that “ Our decision to meet the CM on this issue has gone against us———— we now fully understand the meaning of cm’s words ‘ take necessary steps ‘ to the education minister over phone“.
Mr. Pandit also said, “The CPIM party has used the terminated RMSA employee’s condition to defame and malign the reputation of the central govt. whereas those employees are still finding it difficult to make both ends meet”.