GUWAHATI: Assam Government will soon put a new law in place that will fix accountability on government teachers, said State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the ongoing budget session of the state assembly.
Replying to a query of West Guwahati MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Sarma said that the Teacher Accountability Commission (TAC) will be soon implemented in the state. The new law will make it mandatory for teachers to work in allotted districts for ten years failing which they will face labour imprisonment for 3 years.
For a fact, on January 24, thousands of salary-deprived teachers submitted a plea for euthanasia while protesting against the lackadaisical attitude on the part of the State Government towards the regularization of their jobs. A delegation of such teachers, who have been serving in various schools, but have been deprived of salary since 1991, submitted a plea of euthanasia to the President of India and to the Governor of Assam through the Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur district. These teachers were compelled to take this extreme decision after failing to make both ends meet due to non-payment of salary for a long period. Notably, the Salary Deprived Working LP School Teachers’ Association of the State initiated various attempts to demand regularization of their jobs and release of the due salary for their service. They held talks several times with the Education Minister and high-level officers of the Education Department in the past days, appealing the resolve of the long-pending problems. But these attempts have not proved to be effective despite the promise from the Education Minister and department concerned with regard to their job regularization and release of their salary. As a result of it, they are facing severe pecuniary difficulties.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Unemployed Association has expressed strong reaction over the submission of plea for euthanasia by the salary-deprived teachers’ body of the State to the President of India and the Governor of Assam.