February 15, 2021: A group of contractual teachers from the government-run schools across West Bengal protested and raised slogans against the Education Minister of West Bengal, Partha Chatterjee for a salary hike on Sunday while the education minister was addressing his rally.
They demanded for the parity in pay with the regular teachers in the schools and alleged the state government for not responding to their requests. The para teachers were so agitated that they demanded the TMC dispensation to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
However, the agitated teachers claimed that the salary is very little to a few hundred rupees only. Therefore, they wanted the government to take a decision on their demand and fix a respectable salary, said the leader of the agitating contractual para teachers.
Earlier, the education department had raised the salary of the para teachers at the primary level from INR 5954 to INR 10000 per month and for the higher secondary teachers, it was increased from INR 8500 to INR 13000.
For more than 70 days, the contractual teachers have been holding a sit-in in Kolkata to press for more immediate wage revisions. Around 50 women from the "Sikshak Oikyo Mukto Manch", an organisation of para teachers staged a demonstration outside the state assembly gates where the prohibited orders were in vogue.
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