From a correspondent
Agartala, August 3: The indefinite hunger strike launched by the Sarba Siksha Abhijan teachers, demanding regularisation of their service, enters its third day on Thursday.
There is, however, no sign of withdrawing the strike yet by the agitated teachers.
Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty in a press conference appealed to withdraw the hunger strike but it had not received any positive response from the strikers.
The minister said the State government is fully sympathetic to their demand but regularization of their services is not in the hand of the State government. “Let us all move to the Centre together to formulate a policy in the national level,” he said.
He rejected the claim that several States had already regularized the SSA teachers and that they are getting all benefits like regular teachers.
He said the State government had written a letter to 12 State governments to know the status of the SSA teachers. But, none of them has regularized their job yet.”
Altogether, 48 teachers have participated in the hunger strike, protesting near Orient Chowmuhani in Agartala. A medical team had examined the health condition of the persons participating in the strike but no initiative has been taken so far on behalf of the government to initiate a dialogue with them.
Nearly, 6000 teachers under the scheme are getting pay and allowances similar to the regular teachers of the State government but are deprived of other facilities like Provident Fund, LTC etc.
Meanwhile, a large number of organizations have extended support to the agitating teachers. The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee president Birajit Sinha has also visited the venue and assured them full support.