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Teachers� body to stage hunger strike

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 30 � The Asom Sikshak Karmachari Aikya Mancha will be staging a three-hour token hunger strike in front of the Raj Bhawan from 11 am on October 2 in protest against the failure of the State Government to provincialize non-provincialized educational institutions and police atrocities on agitating school teachers and employees.

It will submit a memorandum to the President of India through the Governor seeking the former�s intervention in the matter.

The Manch said in a statement that over the decades the Government had done nothing to provincialize some 17,000 non-provincialized educational institutions � from LP schools to degree colleges (including Sanskrit tols and Islamic madrassas) � with the result that over a lakh teachers and employees had been languishing without salary. �The State Government has so far done nothing despite making written promises time and again,� it said.

The Mancha said that it chose the Gandhi Jayanti to air its grievances against the �high-handed government policy and sheer indifference to public education.� �We had submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Governor on September 5 but both the parties have been silence on the matter,� it added.

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