By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: The Garo Hills Deficit School Teachers’ and Employees Association (GHDSTEA) has extend its full support to the proposed agitational programmes called by the Joint Action Committee of the All Teachers’ Association of Meghalaya (JACATAM) Agitation in protest against the adamant attitude of the state government to address their grievances.
“We had agreed to extend our full support to the proposed agitation programme of JACATAM for the common cause of the Teaching fraternity of Meghalaya,” GHDSTEA general secretary FC Sangma said in a statement issued here on Sunday.
The association has also decided to fight for complete change of the education system of the State which included disbursement of regular salary, service Provincialisation all the government aided employees of different categories of institutions in Meghalaya, equal payment for equal service, service rule of the state and MBOSE Reforms.
The unavailability of the Education Minister, Prof RC Laloo to provide appointment to leaders of the Joint Action Committee of the All Teachers’ Association of Meghalaya to talk with the government for above mentioned memorandum and failure of the Government to fulfill the ultimatum served to the government for the same reason has compelled the JAC to agitate.
The agitational programmes scheduled by the Joint Action Committee of the All Teachers’ Association of Meghalaya will start on August 27 wherein all members will wear black badges, pen down strike on August 29, mass casual leave on September 3, dharna in all the district headquarters of Khasi and Jaintia Hills (Movement for Garo Hills to Shillong) on September 4 and rally at Shillong on September 5.
According to Sangma, if the other states of India like Kerela, Orissa, Tripura and Assam can provincialise the services of the employees of the different categories of schools in their state, “Why is it impossible for the state of Meghalaya?,” he questioned adding that the association have blamed it to be the lack of Political will.
The association also rejected introduction of common question paper by MBOSE for the class IX students stating that the same will not bear any fruitful result.
It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya College Teachers’ Association (MCTA) has decided to extend full support to the agitational programme of the Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Associations of Meghalaya (JACATAM) beginning from August 27.