Tripura govt to declare package for adhoc teachers in March
Tripura govt to declare package for adhoc teachers in March

AGARTALA | Feb 26:

Amidst rising discontent among 10,323 ad hoc teachers and the flurry of movements planned, Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath has come out with an assurance about protecting their jobs with a package to be declared in March well ahead of the D-day on March 31 when the ad hoc teachers will be out of service.

Interacting with the media in his official chamber yesterday, Nath said that the government is exploring all avenues to protect their jobs by making an alternative arrangement within March.

During the past few days, the ad hoc teachers organized a series of programmes demanding regularization of services and pointing out the infirmities and contradictions in both the high court judgment pronounced on May 7 2014 and Supreme Court's upholding of it on March 29 207.

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On Tuesday, a major group of 10,323 teachers met in deputation with director of higher education Saju Waheed and pressed their demand for protection of services. A large statewide movement is also planned as they confront the inevitable dismissal from service on March 31.

Reacting to the movements launched by the ad hoc teachers, the education minister said that "the teachers have a constitutional right to agitate democratically, so I have no comment to offer on this'.

However, he added that the state government is preparing an alternative package to protect their jobs at the same or a little less pay scale.

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"Whatever we will do will be in accordance with the provisions of law, constitution and orders of the court, otherwise we will also be charged under contempt law" said Ratan Lal Nath.

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