JOYSAGAR, July 25: More than 11,000 LP and ME teachers of Assam Elementary Education Department have been illegally appointed. These LP and ME teachers were appointed during the AGP and Congress governments’ tenure. The State Education Department has ordered a probe into this allegation and about 11,000 teachers are now facing departmental inquiry. Following this, about 9,000 teachers are not getting their monthly salary since 70-72 months.
In Sivasagar district also there are allegedly about 6,000 illegal and fake teachers but among these about 4,500 teachers were able to regularize their appointment following the Gauhati High Court’s directions. The remaining 1,500 elementary teachers are still under scanner and are not getting their monthly salary.
The Sivasagar District LP and ME Teachers’ Association has been staging protests against the government and is demanding that the salary of these teachers should be released and their services should be regularized. The teachers’ association had sent post cards to the Prime Minister few days back seeking his intervention. Again, the association has announced that all the 1,500 teachers who are under government scanner will commit mass suicide on July 26 at the historic Borpukhuri of Sivasagar and accused the government machinery of doing injustice to them.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Sivasagar District Committee has come out in support of the teachers and has demanded Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s direct intervention in the issue. The AASU has sought quick action so that the problem can be tackled in a positive way.
Sivasagar AASU has written letters to the Chief Minister. Besides, ATASU and AKRSU have also written letters separately to the Chief Minister, referring to the enquiry and seeking a quick solution to the problem. Sivasagar Elementary Teachers’ Association has alleged that the BJP had promised to solve the elementary teachers’ problems before the general election but now after coming to power, the party had not fulfilled its poll promises.