Slamming the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh over the death of teachers and workers who were on panchayat poll duty, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanded that the government give Rs 1 crore compensation each to the family of those who have died and employment to one dependent.
Priyanka Gandhi said: "1,621 teachers who have died during the panchayat election duty should not fall prey to the government's callousness."
They fulfilled their responsibilities towards their duty, the Congress general secretary asserted.
"Now, the UP government should not indulge in a cover-up and should give compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of all the deceased teachers, workers, and give a job to a dependent from the bereaved family," she said on Twitter.
That will be the real tribute to them, Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, using the hashtag "Nyay4ElectionWorkers."
पंचायत चुनाव ड्यूटी के दौरान 1621 शिक्षकों की मौत सरकारी निष्ठुरता का शिकार न हो।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 23, 2021
उन्होंने ड्यूटी का कर्तव्य निभाया। अब उप्र सरकार लीपापोती न करके सभी मृत शिक्षकों, कर्मियों के परिवारों को 1 करोड़ मुआवजा व एक आश्रित को नौकरी दे।
ये सच्ची श्रद्धाजंली होगी।#Nyay4ElectionWorkerspic.twitter.com/wIiFZ3KzJF
Last week, Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shikshak Sangh president Dinesh Chandra Sharma had said that 1,621 teachers and workers of the Basic Education Department have died since the first week of April following the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19.
Of these 1,621 deaths, more than 90 per cent of the teachers were on panchayat election duty, he had said, while also demanding Rs 1 crore to be paid to family of teachers and workers who died, as financial assistance.
However, Satish Chandra Dwivedi, the UP minister of state (independent charge) for basic education, had said that all these deaths cannot be attributed to elections and according to government data, only three teachers died due to Covid.
Earlier on Sunday, in a Facebook post, Priyanka Gandhi cited a media report to allege that the brother of the UP minister of state (independent charge) for basic education got an appointment as an assistant professor, "posing as poor".
"In this crisis, the ministers of the UP government are absent in helping the common people but are eager in grabbing 'opportunity in disaster," she alleged.
Several people are looking for employment in UP but the jobs are going to those who are looking for "opportunities in disaster", Priyanka Gandhi said, adding that the state government is "making fun of both the poor and of reservation".
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