Religious leader meets para teachers on hunger strike, arranges meet with Partha

Demanding training and regularisation of pay, the teachers reiterated their stand.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published: February 22, 2015 12:47 am

Furfura Sharif pirzada and reputed religious leader Taha Siddiqui on Friday night met the para teachers whose hunger strike at College Square entered the ninth day of Saturday.

Demanding training and regularisation of pay, the teachers reiterated their stand before Siddiqui who has reportedly arranged a meeting between the teachers and the state education minister Partha Chatterjee.

He, however, said he does not have “much faith in the state government”.

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“These people have been cheated both by the left and then the Trinamool Congress. Before coming to power, Mamata Banerjee had assured them of regularisation but she forgot all her promises upon becoming the chief minister,” Siddiqui said after meeting the agitators. He had also called up the education minister and set an appointment with the agitators.

“Although Chatterjee has said he would see them on Monday, I don’t believe he would do anything for them. This government has also lied to the people of Furfura Sharif where since nothing more than installing 18 light posts has been done,” he said. Siddiqui added that he will stand by the teachers whenever they need him. “If nothing is done for these teachers, they will reply through ballot in 2016.”

Romiul Islam, one of the agitators, said that a five-member team would meet Chatterjee. “We would meet the minister on Monday at the Assembly. We will present our demands and won’t call off our agitation until they are met,” he said.

The minister, however, said there is no possibility of regularising these teachers. “I will meet them and see if any of those can be met but given the poor condition of the state coffers, regularisation of para teachers is not a possibility at the moment,” he told The Indian Express.

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