Para Teachers Block Key Kolkata Street As Part Of Protest

Kolkata, Dec 30: Over 100 para teachers on Wednesday blocked the College Street crossing in the city and formed a human chain as part of their ongoing protest to press for immediate wage revision. The para teachers, on an indefinite sit-in near education headquarters Bikash Bhavan since December 18, alleged there has been no response from West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to their demands.

The half-an-hour blockade of College Street-M G Road crossing at 1:30 pm by the agitators threw traffic out of gear for sometime in the afternoon. “If the state government remains unresponsive, we will think about a more stronger form of movement,” said Bhagirath Ghosh on behalf of the ‘Parsho-Sikshak Oikyo Manch’, the joint platform of para teachers in the state.

“We were on a long hunger strike around this time in 2019. We were assured of immediate redressal of our demands for parity in pay scales by this government then. However, no such thing happened thereafter,” Ghosh said. The para teachers, who work on contract in government-run schools, are seeking immediate salary hike — from the range of Rs 10,000-12,000 to Rs 22,000-25,000 and ‘elementary teacher’ status.

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