By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 22: ‘Pondoro bosoror bishwax, pondoro bosoror bikash, a bloated claim made by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is in for a reality check! In ‘developed’ Assam, as claimed by the Chief Minister, thousands of teachers have been begging before him for the provincialization of their services by January 31, 2016, failing which around 2,000 elementary school teachers will have to retire without getting a single salary throughout their teaching career. This will certainly be a record of sort.
The All Assam Recognized ME Teachers’ Association (AARMETA) staged a dhar at Prasanti Udyan near Dighalipukhuri today in support of their demand for provincialization of their services by January 31. Around 24,000 teachers of 3,023 ME Schools and 2,585 LP schools have been demanding provincialization of their services. Association in-charge president Rat Neog and chief secretary Manohar Hussain said: “The Directorate of Elementary Education sent the file containing our documents regarding provincialization of our services to the Education Commissioner, who, in turn, sent it to the Fince Department for approval. The Fince Department, however, sent the file back on various pretexts. The Commissioner sent the file to the Fince Department as many as four times only to be set back on some pretexts. Of late, the Commissioner has sent the file to the Fince Department on January 18 yet again.”
The Association requested the Chief Minister to provincialize their services by January 31 so as to let around 2,000 of the 24,000 teachers get salaries of at least one or two months before their retirement. “Around 2,000 teachers are going to retire in February this year. If the Fince Department sends back our file yet again, these 2,000 teachers will have to retire without getting salaries in their teacheing career,” Neog and Hussain said, and added: “The claim of development being made by the Chief Minister is seen only on hoardings, not on the ground.”