Siksha sebis are in “Hunger Strike”….
Sarba Siksha Mission (Education for all) recommended a educational programme (bridge course) for the truant children, age between 6 to 14 years, of the country those who are dropped out from the school at their very early age for several reasons. That’s why, they started to recruit Setu Pathyakram (bridge course) sikshasebis with an objective to make the drop out students come back to the school. In this way, they would be bring back to the mainstream of the society through providing them proper education. This way, illiteracy problem of the country can be eradicated to some extent specially from the rural areas of the country. The recruitment was done on the basis of contract which was renewing by the government every year. The salary structure along with other necessary facilities provided by the government was not enough to meet the both ends of everyday life. But the Siksha sebis were carrying on their duties with utmost care. Before Bidhan Sabha election 2011, when Left front government was in power, Setu Pathyakram Siksha sebis conveyed their demands, which includes permanent and stable job with out any kind of contract basis- improvement in salary structure with other necessary facilities- right to teaching upto 60 years like other school teachers etc. But the previous government hardly showed the interest to sit and talk with them about their demands. As usually, all their voices were ignored. After Bidhan Sabha election of West Bengal, a so called change has been come to the power. Hence, there was no dissimilarity has been found between the administrative tendency of the previous and the new government. In 31st march, the new government however took the decision that they would not going to continue the contracts any more with these siksha sebis who are recruited for a noble cause. Unfortunately, 976 siksha sebis from all over the Bengal lost their job. The condition of the siksha sebis and their family members are quite at sea now. Due to these growing injustice and ignorancy from the side of the government, siksha sebis gone for the hunger strike from 26th March, opposite of Mayukh Bhavan , Bidhannagar , Saltlake. After the 11th day of the hunger strike, no positive steps has been seen taken from the side of state education ministry. 10 movemental activists (among them 2 women) are admitted to near by Bidhannagar Municipality Hospital. A siksha sebi named, Alok Kumar Maji (35), from Bankura district, died in massive heart attack on 1st April, after receiving the news of unwillingness of the government to continue/renew the contracts. 976 siksha sebis from all over the Bengal are struggling under the open sky to achieve their legitimate claims (which includes permanent and stable job with out any kind of contract basis- improvement in salary structure with other necessary facilities- right to teaching upto 60 years like other school teachers and few more). We are requesting you to kindly break your silence against this injustice on the siksha sebis. Lets stand by them, they need your supporting hands. Contacts: Mikail Alam (8926288305), Bidhan parui (9883946772).