NILAMBAZAR, June 16 - The Karimganj district committee of Asom Shikshak Karmachari Samannay Samiti submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on Thursday urging him to prepare separate holidays list and work calendar for Barak Valley schools.
The memorandum said that every year a separate work calendar and holiday list is prepared for the schools of Barak Valley by the respective Inspector of Schools and DEEO of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts considering the local tradition, culture and festivals while keeping the number of holidays same as rest of the State. The said list is also approved every year by the authority concerned of the Department of Education, Assam.
Shikshak Karmachari Samanway Samiti also mentioned that Durga Puja is the main festival of the people of Barak Valley and every year the teachers and students from LP to Higher Secondary schools of this Valley enjoy the Puja vacation for at least 20 days. But surprisingly, this year it has been reduced to only four days as per notification of the Secretary, Department of Education, which has hurt the sentiments of the people of this Valley.
Besides as per the said notification, the teachers and students of Barak Valley have also been deprived of some other local holidays like Monosha puja, Shivaratri, Biswakarma puja, Chhat puja, Fateha-Duaz-Daham, Shahid Diwas, Bir Tikendrjit Diwas etc.
It is to be mentioned here that the teachers� association had also submitted a memorandum recently to the Government of Assam through all local MLAs of Barak Valley urging the same, but the Government is yet to provide any positive response.
Earlier, the Shikshak Karmachari Samannay Samiti took out a procession at Karimganj town on Thursday and shouted slogans in support of their demands. They also staged demonstrations before the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Karimganj. Hundreds of teachers and employees from different schools of the district attended the programme. Pabitra Deb, president, Jagadindu Sen, convener, Kalipada Nath, Abdul Sukkur, Apurna Dutta were present, among others.