LAKHIMPUR: Protesting against the lackadaisical attitude on the part of the State Government towards the regularization of their jobs, the submission of plea for euthanasia by thousands of salary-deprived teachers has created sensation across the State.
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. In a press release, AAUA president in charge Dharmendra Deori and general secretary Jiban Rajkhowa stated that the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the State had utterly failed to ensure engagement to the unemployed youths and to regularize the jobs of the salary-deprived teachers of the State.
“As a consequence, the salary-deprived teachers of Lakhimpur and Sivasagar, who have been in service for a long period of 28 years, had to submit plea for euthanasia to the President of India and the Governor of the State. This development is considered to be a shameful issue for the State Government,” the press release stated.
In this regard, AAUA demanded the State Government to regularize the jobs of all salary-deprived teachers and contractual teachers of the State. Further, the organization demanded the State government to pay its heed to the hunger strike initiated by the meter readers and bill clerks of the Electricity Departments at the Bijulee Bhavan premises in Guwahati demanding the regularization of their jobs.