Over 11,000 shikshakarmis resume duty

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Nov 2017 15:19:00


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The fight between shikshakarmis and state reaches High Court as one of the terminated shikshakarmis filed petition in court against state’s toughness

More than 11,000 striking shikshakarmis claimed to have resumed their duty on Tuesday owing to tough stand of state government. As many as 9 regular teachers and 56 striking shikshakarmis across the state were said to be terminated by the state government for not coming back from strike as on Monday, the deadline set by the state for shikshakarmis to get back to duty.

Meanwhile, one of the terminated shikshakarmis Harish Diwan has moved the High Court of Chhattisgarh and filed a petition in the court against alleged toughness of state on shikshakarmis.

According information, a woman shikshakarmi in Tokapal (Bastar) was killed in accident while going to join the strike. Similarly, another shikshakarmi Bhagwan Prasad died of cardiac arrest at Masturi in Bilaspur during the strike.
In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the officials of the panchayat department made him aware about the status and arrangements made to overcome the crisis developed due to the strike. The Chief Minister said that the door is open for talk with Shikshakarmis provided they call off their strike and return to the duty.

The officials informed the chief minister that as many as 1,22,921 shikshakarmis out of total 1,42,657 were on strike unlawfully. As on November 27, over 5000 shiklshakarmis had resumed their duty. Besides, around 2000 probationary shikshakarmis returned to the duty.

Shikshakarmis from remote areas may get a chance to work in RaipurRaipur District Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nilesh Kumar Kshirsagar on Wednesday issued a circular to the janpad panchayat CEOs and Block Education Officers (BEOs) regarding transfer of shikshkarmis from other districts to 62 government schools of Raipur. In the circular, the district panchayat CEO said that the shikshakarmis posted in the schools of Raipur district staying adamant by not resuming their duty despite several reminders and warnings will not get back their present posting if they do not end the strike. In such case, those shikshakarmis, who are posted in remote areas of the state and are not a part of the ongoing strike, will be given an opportunity to work in the schools of Raipur district. Such shikshakarmis can submit their letter of transfer to the Janpad CEOs and BEOs in Raipur district by November 30 till 3 pm.

\Shikshakarmis’ families to join the strike on December 2
Unperturbed at warning and action of termination by the state government, shikshakarmis have resorted to relay hunger strike on the tenth day of their strike, on Wednesday. Rajya Shikshak (Panchayat/Urban Body) Sangh state president Virendra Dubey said that the shikshakarmis will be joined by their families in a mega dharna to be staged on December 2. He termed government’s claims of more than 11000 shikshakarmis have joined the duty as false. When asked about the talk with the government, he said they have not received any such proposal since November 20.