Arunachal SSA teachers on warpath, APYC reacts

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HT Correspondent

PASIGHAT, Aug 11: The SSA teachers under the aegis of the All Aruanchal Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) have threatened to continue the stir by resorting to a ‘non-cooperation movement’ from 16 August if the government fails to find a tangible mechanism to address their demands.

The contractual teachers working under SSA had undergone a three-day stir demanding regularisation of their job in a phased manner, which was concluded on Friday.

The three-day mass protest reportedly affected thousands of primary and upper primary schools across the state as more than 3700 teachers were on protest, abstaining from their duty.

The agitating teachers are not decisive over further movement as the state cabinet has taken decision to 400 teachers’ posts exclusively for regularisation of SSA teachers.

AASSATA president Tarak Agung Tarh, when contacted refused to comment, but looking on chief minister Pema Khandu’s cabinet meeting decision to create 400 teachers’ posts exclusively for regularization of SSA teachers.

On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) Committee has expressed anguish over the alleged indifferent treatment meted out by the state government to the teachers working under SSA.

In a statement, APYC spokesperson Arjun Panye urged the state government to “respect the contribution of SSA teachers” and initiate process to regularise their jobs.

“The Congress government started the process of regularisation of teachers working under the SSA. But unfortunately, the present BJP government is delaying it and this is unfortunate,” Panye said.

According to APYC, the teachers are compelled to take the path of agitation because of the pathetic response from state the end of government.

“The teachers were staged protest defying scorching heat for the last three days, but government has not initiated any step to resolve the standoff”, the APYC spokesperson criticised.

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