Teachers strike hampers functioning of schools

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Hazaribagh, Nov 9 (UNI) BJP leader Yadunath Pandey today said Education Minister Bandhu Tirkey should take initiatives to end para-teachers strike as it was hampering classes across the state.

''The Minister should call the agitating para-teachers and take steps to end their ongoing strike'' the former state unit BJP president told the reporters here.

About one lakh para-teachers, sticking to the one-point agenda of regularisation of their services, have been on strike since November 1, leading to standstill across the state, with Kolhan region comprising East and West Singbhum and Saraikela Kharsawan district hardest hit.

HRD minister Bandhu Tirkey had been maintaing that the government was persuing their demand but would not give in to such pressure tactics as it was unconstitutional.

However, Chief Minister Shibu Soren expressed hope that a solution would be arrived very soon.

Meanwhile, the leaders of Jharkhand Para-Teachers Association told reporters in the state capital that they would demonstrate in front of the houses of Ministers and MLAs on November 10.

The government earlier had announced to hike the pay of the para- teachers to Rs 5,000 but failed to implement that so far, the agitating teachers alleged.

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