GUWAHATI: The Sodou Asom Beton Bonsito Karmarata Prathmik Shikshak Sangstha announced that they will stage a protest in front of the Chief Minister’s residence if their deficit is not compensated.
Secretary of the Sodou Asom Beton Sangstha, Romen Saikia, while speaking to The Sentinel on Friday said, “The State government appointed 12093 teachers during the period of 1989 to 2001. However, these teachers have been deprived of their salaries. Now, even after so many years, when many of the teachers have retired, some even passed away and presently, the strength is at 11788, the payments are still pending.”
Terming the entire incident as a rather sad reflection of the State government, Saikia said, “An inquiry committee formed by the government had submitted a report terming us ‘working teachers’. So, as active contributors to society, we approached the government several times asking for salary release but were disappointed each time. If before December, the stalled payments are not released, we will have to resort to a demonstration in front of the CM residence on December 1.”
Saikia further informed that a similar protest was organized in Lakhimpur in 2018 when Social Welfare Minister Promila Rani Brahma assured that the issues will be resolved. He further stated that the Sangstha also met with education minister Siddhartha Bhattcharjjya who assured that the deficit teachers’ posts will be regularized and salaries released but even after a year, the promises were never fulfilled.