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AASU, Tribal Sangha demand posts for STs

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 10 � The All Assam Students Union (AASU) and All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) today joined forces to demand posts for Scheduled Tribe candidates in the recent induction of teachers through TET and lambasted the Tarun Gogoi-led Government for �disregarding the interests of the real sons of the soil.�

The two groups vehemently opposed the Government�s recent recruitment drive that saw a large number of posts reserved for ST candidates being filled by non-ST candidates.

In a press conference held in the city today, Aditya Khaklari, the general secretary of AATS, said that great harm has been done to the ST candidates by the Government�s move. In a number of districts of the State, very few or no ST candidates were recruited under the recruitment drive.

He asserted that the denial of reserved jobs to ST candidates violated Constitutional laws and State laws. �It violates the rules of the Assam Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Post Act of 1978�, he pointed out.

The reservation policy that should have been followed in the teacher recruitment drive has been clearly undermined, he added.

AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya condemned the State Government and State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for their failure to protect the interests of ST candidates who, like other youths in Assam, have very little employment opportunities.

�The neglect of the ST candidates is unacceptable, and we demand an immediate test to recruit them�the prevailing anti-tribal attitude cannot continue,� Bhattacharya said. He criticised Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his conspicuous silence on the issue, and stated that his silence was inexcusable.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma attracted flak for his �arrogance and shifting stance� vis-�-vis the issue, and also for his inability to assess the problem. Posts of subject teachers in Miri, Tiwa, Rabha, Tai and Karbi were not filled up, leading to great difficulties for thousands of teachers.

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AASU, Tribal Sangha demand posts for STs

GUWAHATI, June 10 � The All Assam Students Union (AASU) and All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) today joined forces to demand posts for Scheduled Tribe candidates in the recent induction of teachers through TET and lambasted the Tarun Gogoi-led Government for �disregarding the interests of the real sons of the soil.�

The two groups vehemently opposed the Government�s recent recruitment drive that saw a large number of posts reserved for ST candidates being filled by non-ST candidates.

In a press conference held in the city today, Aditya Khaklari, the general secretary of AATS, said that great harm has been done to the ST candidates by the Government�s move. In a number of districts of the State, very few or no ST candidates were recruited under the recruitment drive.

He asserted that the denial of reserved jobs to ST candidates violated Constitutional laws and State laws. �It violates the rules of the Assam Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Post Act of 1978�, he pointed out.

The reservation policy that should have been followed in the teacher recruitment drive has been clearly undermined, he added.

AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya condemned the State Government and State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for their failure to protect the interests of ST candidates who, like other youths in Assam, have very little employment opportunities.

�The neglect of the ST candidates is unacceptable, and we demand an immediate test to recruit them�the prevailing anti-tribal attitude cannot continue,� Bhattacharya said. He criticised Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his conspicuous silence on the issue, and stated that his silence was inexcusable.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma attracted flak for his �arrogance and shifting stance� vis-�-vis the issue, and also for his inability to assess the problem. Posts of subject teachers in Miri, Tiwa, Rabha, Tai and Karbi were not filled up, leading to great difficulties for thousands of teachers.