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Tripura government teachers facing termination hold protest

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, Feb 23 - Government teachers of Tripura, who are facing termination due to a court verdict, held a sit-in demonstration here today, demanding alternative arrangements to protect their jobs, a leader of the teacher�s body said.

There are 10,323 such teachers in the State.

Convener of �Amra 10,323� organisation Dalia Das said that so far 50 teachers �died of psychological trauma and anxiety�. She said the teachers held a mass demonstration today demanding continuation of their jobs.

�Tripura government should provide jobs to the family members of these 50 teachers who had either committed suicide or died of psychological trauma and anxiety,� Das said.

These teachers with graduate, post-graduate and under-graduate educational qualifications were inducted into Tripura government schools in different phases since 2010 when the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front government was in power.

The recruitment process subsequently got entangled in litigation and Tripura High Court in 2014 terminated the services of 10,323 teachers, saying that the selection criterion contained �discrepancies�.

Thereafter, Special Leave Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court by the then Left Front government and a section of teachers, but the apex court upheld the High Court verdict on March 29, 2017.

Following an appeal by the previous Left Front government, the apex court extended their services up to June last year.

After coming to power in March last year, the BJP-led government had filed a fresh appeal in the Supreme Court in June last year, the court granted them one-time final extension of their services till March 2020.

An official of the Education Department said that though a few hundred of these teachers have been absorbed in other government positions and through separate recruitment processes, including Teachers Eligibility Tests (TET), majority of them face job loss.

These ad-hoc teachers had met Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath and other Education Department officials and held agitation on a number of occasions to protect their jobs, but all efforts have failed. � IANS

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Tripura government teachers facing termination hold protest

AGARTALA, Feb 23 - Government teachers of Tripura, who are facing termination due to a court verdict, held a sit-in demonstration here today, demanding alternative arrangements to protect their jobs, a leader of the teacher�s body said.

There are 10,323 such teachers in the State.

Convener of �Amra 10,323� organisation Dalia Das said that so far 50 teachers �died of psychological trauma and anxiety�. She said the teachers held a mass demonstration today demanding continuation of their jobs.

�Tripura government should provide jobs to the family members of these 50 teachers who had either committed suicide or died of psychological trauma and anxiety,� Das said.

These teachers with graduate, post-graduate and under-graduate educational qualifications were inducted into Tripura government schools in different phases since 2010 when the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front government was in power.

The recruitment process subsequently got entangled in litigation and Tripura High Court in 2014 terminated the services of 10,323 teachers, saying that the selection criterion contained �discrepancies�.

Thereafter, Special Leave Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court by the then Left Front government and a section of teachers, but the apex court upheld the High Court verdict on March 29, 2017.

Following an appeal by the previous Left Front government, the apex court extended their services up to June last year.

After coming to power in March last year, the BJP-led government had filed a fresh appeal in the Supreme Court in June last year, the court granted them one-time final extension of their services till March 2020.

An official of the Education Department said that though a few hundred of these teachers have been absorbed in other government positions and through separate recruitment processes, including Teachers Eligibility Tests (TET), majority of them face job loss.

These ad-hoc teachers had met Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath and other Education Department officials and held agitation on a number of occasions to protect their jobs, but all efforts have failed. � IANS

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