The state Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty has appealed to the agitating teachers to withdraw their strike on the plea that the Left Front Government was concerned about their problems.
"The SSA teachers are getting their salaries and facilities at par with the regular teachers of the state government and we have decided to introduce Employees Provident Fund (EPF) within short time," Chakraborty told reporters. He said, Lok Sabha M P from Tripura, Jiten Chowdhury raised the issue in Parliament and requested the central government to regularize their jobs, but the central government remained silent on the issue.
There are 5,200 SSA teachers in the state. Meanwhile, the state BJP president Biplab Deb and Tripura Pradesh Congress president, Birajit Sinha visited the site of agitating teachers and expressed their sympathy to the teachers. Deb alleged that the state government was deliberately depriving the SSA teachers despite getting full funding from the central government. He assured them that their jobs would be regularized if the BJP was voted to power in the next assembly elections scheduled to be held in next February.
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