Government of West Bengal has finally formed a committee to look into the grievances of aspiring school teachers who were continuously demanding recruitment to vacant posts in state-run institutes and were on relay hunger strike for 23 days for the same demand. The WB state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee went to meet up with the representatives of the 200 aspiring school teachers who were on an indefinite protest in the city since February 28, 2019.
Later, Partha Chatterjee told to the reporter that a 5 member committee has been formed the WB government to look into the grievances of aspiring school teachers. The members of the committee comprise the School Service Commission (SSC) chairman and school education department officials. The also said that the agitators will submit their demands to the panel in the next two days after which it will examine the issues and come out with a formula. Chatterjee said that he had met the agitating aspiring teachers four times in the past.
The teachers across the state were claiming that a large number of teachers’ posts were lying vacant but the authorities were not calling them for interview though they have the requisite qualifications, therefore, they were on hunger strike from Feb 28. Maintaining that merit will be given top most priority to the SSC candidates, Chatterjee said, “The SSC strictly adheres to the stipulated guidelines.” “Still, if there is some specific complaints, that will be examined. The aggrieved candidates can register their complaints with the committee,” he also said.
To a question, the minister said the SSC will update the vacancy figure about teachers’ posts soon. He said while the government would adopt a humane approach towards the agitators, “they should not be used by any political group to suit its own interest. Nor should any political group give false promises to undeserving candidates.”
Continuing the dharna and relay fast on Mayo Road since February 28 under the banner of the SSC Yuva-Chhatra Adhikar Manch, many had fallen sick, affected by dengue and blood dysentery, said Tania Seth, one of the agitators. She also said “We will give in writing to the committee our demands and how we had been deprived despite passing the written SSC test, but our agitation will continue”.