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Axed school teachers seek government help

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, June 5 - An association of school teachers of Tripura, who recently lost their jobs, today appealed to the State Government to provide them relief for sustenance during the lockdown.

They were granted a one-time ex gratia of Rs 35,000 by the Government in April.

Pradip Banik, the president of All Tripura 10,323 Victimised Teachers� Association told reporters that despite the humanitarian aid, they were facing an �acute financial crisis� and needed fresh help.

As many as 10,323 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate candidates were appointed teachers in government schools in phases since 2010, when the CPI(M)-led Left Front was in power.

The recruitment was challenged and the Tripura High Court in 2014 terminated their services, holding the process �faulty�. The then Left Front Government moved the Supreme Court against the order, but the apex court upheld the High Court verdict in March 2017.

�Of the 10,323 teachers, many got other jobs, and at present there are 8,882 teachers whose term of employment expired on March 31. These teachers will get one-time allowance of Rs 35,000,� Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had said on April 1. � PTI

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