Jharkhand’s 70,000 odd para teachers, on strike since October 17 demanding regularisation of services, on Tuesday announced to take their agitation to Delhi to gherao the Prime Minister’s Office on November 12.
The announcement comes as the temporary teaching staff, popularly known as para teachers, left Jaipal Singh Stadium here after camping there for nearly three weeks.
“At least 5,000 of us will gherao the PM secretariat (PMO) on November 12. We will also bag on streets of Lucknow to draw the Centre’s attention towards our problems,” said Vikrant Jyoti, the general secretary of Jharkhand Para Sikshak Mahasangh.
Besides, the teachers threatened to stage protests outside the state assembly from November 22-25, when the winter session will be in progress.
Around 10,000 teachers on October 20 gathered at Morhabadi Ground, where prohibitory order was already imposed, to press for their demand but they were detained and shifted to a camp jail in Jaipal Singh Stadium for a day.
They voluntarily stayed there since then and undertook several campaigns, including cleanliness drives, to draw the government’s attention. The teachers also observed a “Black Diwali” at the stadium.
The around 70,000 para teachers were appointed as ‘siksha mitra’ (education friends) in the state under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, a flagship programme launched by the Centre for spreading elementary education to the remotest parts of the country.
They are demanding regularisation of services for more than a decade and have gone on strike for at least five times, crippling education facilities in the interiors.
The para teachers on October 22 written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with their blood highlighting their ordeals in the BJP-ruled state.
Sikshak Mahasangh leader Jyoti said thousands of teachers would hit Lucknow streets on December 15 with placards highlighting the state government’s apathetic approach towards them.
“It (BJP) says, if you want to see development, come to Jharkhand. We will show the real face of development in Jharkhand to the people of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. We will tell them how teachers were given worse treatment than daily wage labourers,” he said.
From Wednesday, the teachers will run campaigns against the state government in their respective blocks and villages.
“On statehood day (November 15), when Jharkhand will celebrate its achievements, we will stage a protest at Morhabadi Ground,” said Sanjay Dubey, the president of Sikshak Mahasangh.
The 70,000 para teachers along with 50,000 regular teachers impart education to at least 50 lakh children in 40,000 odd schools in the state.