By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 3: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s tall claim on success scripted in the past 15 years on sectors like provincialization of venture schools, Asha workers, Anganwadi workers, Schedule Tribes and others faced a stiff challenge from none other than teachers and other staff, Asha and Anganwadi workers and STs. Members of various organizations of these workers shouted slogans in full throttle at Dispur Last Gate today against the State Government’s failure to meet their demands.
The third day of the Assam Legislative Assembly (ALA) session was marked by dhars, sit-ins etc., at Dispur Last Gate by as many as six organizations – the All Assam Recognized ME Teachers’ Association (AARMETA), the Sadou Asom Asha Karmi Santha (SAAKS), the All Assam Anganwadi Helpers’ Union (AAAWHU), All Assam Anganwadi Workers’ Union (AAAWU), Asom Jajati Adhikar Mancha (AJJAM) and the AIUDF, a political party.
The leaders of the AARMETA said that the teachers and other employees of as many as 3,023 ME and Madrassa schools affiliated in 2005-06 falling well under the provisions of the amended Assam Venture Educatiol Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act are yet to be provincialized. Their file, according to the leaders, was sent to the Fince Department for three times for provincialization of their posts, but to no avail. They warned the government of a vigorous agitation if their demand is not met soon.
The SAAKS members have been demanding the release of Rs 1,000, their monthly remuneration. The amount has not been released since April 1, 2013.
The members of the AAAWHU and the AAAWU came down heavily on the Centre and the State Government for the reduction of ICDS funds under the Social Welfare Department. They have been demanding the regularization of their jobs and hike in their remuneration.
The AJJAM has been demanding implementation of the Forest Act in the State and give right to own forest land to the traditiol forest dwellers.
The AIUDF said that foreigners should be deported from the state in accordance with the Assam Accord. It was demanding immediate halt to the harassment on genuine Indians in the me of ‘D’ voters.