A SOLUTION to the long running issue of shikshakarmis as well as contract teachers and gurujis might be in sight, with the two factions of shikshakarmis deciding to bury their differences and hold a joint mega convention for which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has consented to be chief guest.
The convention will most probably be held on January 22. During a meeting held on Wednesday MP Shikshakarmi Sangh led by Murlidhar Patidar and MP Shasakiya Shikshakarmi Sangh led by Upendra Kaushal – that have been pulling in different directions over the past several years - decided to keep differences on hold for the common good.
The meeting was facilitated by School Education Minister Dr Narottam Mishra and secretary to Chief Minister Anurag Jain. During this meeting, a decision to hold the joint convention – in which representatives of contract teachers’ association and the Guruji Sangh would also participate - was taken .
Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will be present as special guest while Dr Mishra will preside over the convention. The recommendations of the DP Dubey Committee that was constituted to look into various issues of shikshakarmis, contract teachers and gurujis are likely to be presented at the convention.
The main demands of the teaching cadre has been equal wages for equal work, hike in DA, appointment on compassionate grounds and so on. Although demands of shikshakarmis were partially met last year, their main demand of hike in pay has remained unresolved.
Both the MP Shikshakarmi Sangh and MP Shasakiya Shikshakarmi Sangh issued press statements on Thursday mentioning the decision to hold the joint convention. Sources mentioned the Chief Minister and the Education Minister refused to take on the issue until shikshakarmis decided to unite on the matter, following which both factions decided to come together to get their common demands resolved.