Terminated teachers holding road blockade in front of Agartala City Centre

Agartala: The terminated 10,323 teachers have served a 4-day ultimatum to the state government and threatened to intensify their protests if it fails to solve the issue related to their illegal termination.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, the Joint Movement Committee (JMC), a body of the sacked 10,323 teachers said they had been peacefully demonstrating for the past 45 days leaving their families aside “only with the aim of restoring our job, which were illegally terminated by education department, government of Tripura.”

The letter also cited that several representations were given by delegates of JMC to the director and secretary of education, seeking clarification regarding technical irregularities and discrepancies of judgements passed by the High Court and Supreme Court, which were wrongly misinterpreted by the said department.

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“…after so much of pitiful demonstration, the department did not feel it befitting to clarify the simple memorandum submitted to the respected secretary madam and respected director sir, JMC 10323 presume that the mystery of its crux is still undisclosed, which had no conclusions and solutions,” the letter reads.

Speaking with reporters, Ajay Debbarma, leader of JMC said that they met with the education secretary Saumya Gupta and apprised her about the situation following the termination and sought a reply within a week.

“Now that we have waited for many days and the protest has entered its 47th day, we will change the way of protest from Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh’s path,” Debbarma said.

He also said that they would wait until January 25 and decentralise their protest after that.

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“We will be compelled to take mass agitation, which will be historic. The teachers will blockade the national highway and railways, for which the state and administration would be responsible.”

The 10,323 teachers are a group of teachers recruited in different phases till 2010 last in various posts of graduate teachers, postgraduate teachers and undergraduate teachers. Selection of 10,323 teachers was done pursuant to advertisements issued in the years 2002, 2006 and 2009, which was challenged before the High Court of Tripura by Tanmoy Nath and others.

The appointment of 10,323 teachers was cancelled by the Tripura High Court on May 7, 2014 after spotting irregularities in the recruitment process. The Supreme Court later upheld the verdict in 2017.

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