C Times, 3 August 2017, Agartala
On the third day of fasting agitation of Tripura SSA Teachers Welfare, The Health Department Officials have finally visited to check their health condition.
Teachers and non-teaching staffs working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) started fast unto death agitation on Tuesday at Agartala city. Around 48 agitators participated in the hunger strike. Demand for regularization is the main agenda of their agitation.
Several times, this issue was raised before concerned authorities including the Education Minister. Every time we were assured, the government took a decision against regularization of our services compelling us to take the extreme step and started fast unto death from three days ago, said one of the agitators.
The State Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty yesterday urged the agitating SSA employees to with draw hunger strike. He said the state government were agreed on principle to all demands set forth by the agitating teachers.
Addressing the media Tapan Chakraborty said that the state government had communicated its agreement to the demands of SSA teachers on several previous occasions.
Yesterday once again Chakraborty trained guns on the Central government for reducing funds on all centrally sponsored schemes and said that the state received no funds from Delhi for the SSA teachers.
He also added, “There is an attempt to malign the state government by spreading rumours that we are bringing in funds for the SSA teachers but not awarding them regular recognition. This is totally false and baseless”.
Expressing anguish agitators alleged the Education Minister is trying to shift the onus to the Central government and avoiding the responsibility.
General Secretary of Tripura SSA Teachers Welfare Association Bastab Debbarma said, “Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha government had regularized services of SSA employees. Centre sanctioned the Tripura state government’s proposal to regularize SSA staffs in 2010-11 FY”.
He also said, “Tripura Govt had regularized the teachers long back in 2010-11 and regularly has been receiving funds from the centre, but the state govt. has kept the matter hidden inside the state. This financial scam to be disclosed if the MHRD looks into the matter closely”.
MHRD earlier made it clear that Tripura Govt told the Central Govt that ‘both regular, contractual teachers are working in SSA-Tripura’. But with the fresh knowledge that SSA teachers are on a hunger strike demanding regularization may turn heavy upon the state govt. and order may also come to give the unpaid salaries to the SSA regular teachers, said Mr Debbarma.
He also claims, The SSA teachers wanted to complete their B.Ed degrees and also applications were submitted in this regard. As per MHRD, its rule that state govt. must give chance to the teachers to complete B.Ed. if teachers want. Here, Tripura govt. violated the MHRD guidelines by not giving them chance to complete B.Ed.
As per the MHRD guidelines, it has been said, “The states should maintain unified teaching cadres and no separate teaching cadre is permissible as all teachers are ultimate to be borne by the States and UTs.
General Secretary of Tripura SSA Teachers Welfare said, “Bastab Debbarma, however, commented that they would continue their agitation until State government sends any written commitment or serves notice ensuring regularization of service”.