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ACKHSA serves 15–day ultimatum to State government

SILCHAR, March 5: All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA) has taken serious exception to the methodology and process to appoint teachers in the schools of Barak Valley through TET. Rupam Nandi Purkayastha, advisor of ACKHSA, said that it smacked of a conspiracy of the Ministry of Education headed by Himanta Biswa Sarma to induct candidates from Brahmaputra Valley, depriving the educated youths of this valley. It was not only an instance of gross injustice but also of discrimination towards the youths of the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
As a principle and cannons of equality and justice, only candidates of this valley should be inducted or appointed and in the event of non availability of qualified TET candidates in a particular subject, those from Brahmaputra Valley with requisite qualifications could be considered, Rupam Nandi Purkayastha pointed out. He added to say that this policy of the State government besides being discriminatory was also like “ethnic cleansing in the schools” of Bengali dominated valley with sizeable population of Manipuris, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Hindi speaking people as well as the 16 ethnic tribes. This policy of the Government to thrust its whimsical decision was not acceptable to the 40 lakh people of Barak Valley, he further said.
ACKHSA leader said that the State government must prepare separate district wise list of candidates who came out successfully in TET in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Barak Valley and induct only those in schools hailing from their respective home district. Candidates from outside this valley have to be accommodated in their respective districts. It is a matter of shame, he pointed out, that candidates were subjected to multiple verification at numerous centres including Guwahati. Older candidates facing age bar must be given preference, as also those who are graduates.
The members of ACKHSA demanded establishment of a separate TET centre exclusively for Barak Valley. The State government, he cautioned, should not repeat the follies of the past in imposing Assamese language in this valley and creating hurdles in the path of establishment of a Central University. Taking the issue of appointment of TET teachers as a serious development, ACKHSA today served a 15–day ultimatum to the State government for removing the anomalous and discriminatory process of inducting teachers from outside in the schools of this valley. If proper action was not taken, ACKHSA would be forced to go for long drawn agitation. A memorandum on the issue was submitted to Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar today. (Source: SentinelAssam)