STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Eying state polls, Assam’s BJP-led govt makes 46,000 contractual teachers permanent

The state’s Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the 46,150 contractual teachers would be eligible to benefits on a par with the regular government school teachers.

Published: 08th June 2020 02:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2020 02:49 PM   |  A+A-

Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Photo | Twitter)

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Eying Assembly elections expected early next year, the ruling BJP in Assam has solved a longstanding demand of the state’s contractual teachers by making their jobs permanent.

The state’s Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the 46,150 contractual teachers would be eligible to benefits on a par with the regular government school teachers.

“I won’t say the jobs of the 46,150 contractual teachers have been regularised but they will be able to serve till they attain the retirement age of 60 years,” Sarma told journalists.

These teachers were appointed over the past eight years and they are posted across the state.

“The contractual teachers will get salaries, increments, dearness allowance and other facilities equal to government teachers. They can avail of casual leave, earned leave and maternity leave. They can also avail of bank loans and the government will give an undertaking,” the Minister said adding, “Henceforth, there will be no difference between the contractual teachers and the regular government teachers”.

Assam has 29,701 Teacher’s Eligibility Test or TET teachers under the Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission, 11,206 state pool teachers, and 5,243 high school teachers.

Sarma said no teacher could seek transfer without serving for at least 10 years at the place of his or her posting. He informed that the Governor had approved the Act.

As per the government’s decision, Assamese will be a compulsory subject in all schools, both government and private, up to class X.

The contractual teachers had been fighting for long demanding their jobs be regularised. Last year, some 15,000 teachers from all over the state had gathered in Guwahati and staged a protest seeking the fulfillment of their demands.

The government’s decision on making their jobs permanent is expected to benefit the BJP in the polls. The party’s image took a beating due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. At least five people had lost their lives during violent protests against the Act in December last year.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp