GUWAHATI: Members of the Jyoti Kendra Sikshakarmi Santha (Assam) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister to give them "death penalties".
Their bizarre request for death penalties has been placed in front of the government due to different circumstances which they have been facing for the last 18 years.
The Sikshakarmi are struggling to run their families and are in a state of economic distress. A total of 815 Sikshakarmi are under the organization who stated they have been providing their selfless service for the last 18 years but till date their jobs has not been regularized.
Munmun Chetia, president of the organization said that since the year 2003, the Sikshakarmi are working without job regularization.
Despite assurance by the government everytime, till now the Sikshakarmi have suffered.
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Jyoti Kendra Sikshakarmi (Assam) has been providing education to children between the ages of 6 to 14 years. It educates children who are unable to attend school or have dropped out.
The body underlined that the remuneration of the members are less than a daily wage labourers.
"According to Right to Education Act 2009, the Sikshakarmi are specially appointed teachers. Based on their work and experience they should get benefits like other appointed teachers of the State," Chetia pointed out.
In the last 18 years, we have appealed to all the Education Ministers, however no one paid heed to our concerns, the president asserted.
Now the body demands job security till the age of 60 and a deserved remuneration with which they can run their families.
The body further added, "If we are not eligible to be appointed as permanent teachers then the education which we have been providing for last 18 years is worthless.
"Thus, we have ruined the lives of many children by giving worthless education for which we should be given death penalty."