Sunday , 21 April 2019

Para teachers to continue their agitation till regularised in service




Refusing to accept the decision of the government to accommodate them in regular posts from the next academic year, the para teachers, on Thursday, decided to continue their agitation till they are regularised in the service.

Around 90 para teachers staged a dharna at the entrance of the assembly complex accompanied by some leaders of Goa mahila Congress.

Heavy police force was deployed there to maintain law and order.

The situation became tense when the president of mahila Congress Pratima Cutinho got injured after she fell on the road during scuffle with the police personnel, who were restraining the agitators from blocking the assembly complex entrance.

The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday morning held a meeting with the representatives of Para Teachers Association and education director at the Secretariat to discuss the demand.

Later on, the government, through a press communiqué, stated that the Chief Minister held a meeting with the director of education, and the matter related to para teachers was discussed, and it has been decided to accommodate the para teachers in the regular posts from the next academic year, subject to certain conditions to be fulfilled/relaxed within the framework of the Right to Education Act.

Further, it was mentioned that the decision will be applicable to para teachers, who have joined the duty on or before November 25, 2017 as per the direction by the education department.

Meanwhile, after the meeting with the Chief Minister at the Secretariat, the para teachers said that they would not move from the assembly entrance till the government fulfils their demand, and decided to stage a dharna there.

Later, mahila Congress chief Pratima Cutinho, South Goa district chief Savitri Kavlekar and others joined the agitating para teachers, and extended their support and blocked the entrance of the assembly complex.

After receiving the information, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Bardez, Gourish Shankawalkar and Porvorim Sub Divisional Police Officer Kiran Poduval along with the police force rushed to the site and tried to pacify the agitated para teachers and the Congress workers.

However, they refused to move away from the assembly complex entrance, and declared that until and unless Chief Minister assures them on regularization they would continue their dharna outside the assembly complex.

Of the 132 contractual para teachers, 46 have already joined the duty. The remaining have refused to join till fulfillment of their demand. The education department has already made it clear that if the para teachers fail to resume their duty by November 25, their contract will be terminated.

The government has suggested to them to complete the course of elementary education, for which they have already enrolled for online course, and accordingly they would be absorbed in the service on a regular

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