Agartala: Tripura government on Wednesday constituted a three-member advisory committee headed by Retired High Court Judge Justice A B Paul to resolve the ongoing impasse of terminated 10,323 teachers who were sacked from the service following the judgment of the High Court on May 7, 2014.
Additional Secretary N C Sharma in an order said that the committee will submit their recommendation to the government for the next course of action by March this year, based on which the government will take steps to resolve the issue.
Besides Justice Paul, leading advocate Chandra Sekhar Sinha and Retired IFS Prasenjit Biswas have been included in the committee.
The Joint Director of Elementary Education Sajal Debnath, an Officer on special duty, and two UDCs of the education department have been assigned to extend secretarial support to the committee.
More than 8,000 jobless teachers have been sitting in demonstrations seeking an alternative livelihood option for the last two months and two days ago they met Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha.
Welcoming the decision of the government, BJP state president Rajib Bhattacharjee urged the agitating teachers to call off their protest and keep faith in the government, as within two days of the assurance, Chief Minister constituted the committee with legal and administrative experts, which showed the sincerity of the government towards the victim teachers.
However, one of the leaders of the agitating victim teachers who did not want to be identified said, “Forming a committee a month before the election does not serve the purpose or does not reduce their pain. Had the government really been sympathetic to the victim teachers, they might have taken a step long before to resolve the issue before the election. It is clear that BJP wants to win the election with the support of these victim teachers and their families.”
Both the opposition CPM and Congress lashed out at Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha alleging that he has also followed the footstep of his predecessor Biplab Deb just to cheat the victim teachers.
The government attempted to cease the agitation to garner support for winning the assembly poll next month, as for the last five years several such attempts this government had taken but not solved the problem.