Showing posts with label Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers' Organisation. Show all posts
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State asks Voluntary teachers GTA to pass the School Service Commission for regularization

9:50 AM
Writes Vivek Chhetri

Darjeeling, June 19: The state's education department has informed that regularisation of voluntary teachers in the GTA area cannot be entertained unless they pass the School Service Commission (SSC) examination.

There are more than 500 voluntary teachers at 120-odd secondary schools in the Darjeeling hills. The SSC (hills), which essentially is to cover the present GTA area, has been defunct since 2003 and that is why schools had to appoint voluntary teachers.

The Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers' Organisation (JISTO), which is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, has been demanding the regularization of the voluntary teachers' jobs.

A letter dated May 20, 2016, and bearing memo number: 669-SE(S)/4A-18/15 (Pt -1) written by "joint secretary" of the school education department (secondary branch) on the issue of "regularization of volunteer teachers under GTA" clearly states that "on the subject stated above the undersigned is directed to say that regularization /absorption/ appointment of volunteer teachers in GTA cannot be entertained until they secure their candidature through the West Bengal School Service Commission".
State asks Voluntary teachers GTA to pass the School Service Commission for regularization
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
general secretary Roshan Giri  - a file photo
The letter has been sent to the commissioner, home and hill affairs department.

The school education department, quoting a Supreme Court order, said no appointment could be regularised without a proper selection process.

The education department has asked the home and hill affairs department to advise them on the matter.

The letter was today shown to the media by Roshan Giri, executive GTA Sabha member in charge of education.

"In the hills, the SSC has been defunct since 2003, long before the GTA came into existence, and we demand that the state government come up with a one-time solution," said Giri.

Amit Gurung, co-ordinator, JISTO, blamed the GTA for failing to solve the impasse and its members have threatened to dissolve the body if there is no fruitful outcome within 20 days.

"The GTA has the power to recruit Group B, C and D employees. If the state government is not allowing it to exercise its functions, what is stopping it from approaching court?" Gurung asked today.

"If there is no fruitful outcome on our demand within 20 days, we will dissolve JISTO, close schools and start a Calcutta chalo abhiyan," said Gurung.


Telegraph



JISTO continues fight for volunteer teachers

10:21 AM
Writes Swareena Gurung

DARJEELING 8 Jun 2016 The Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers’ Organisation (JISTO) today held a press conference to draw attention on the deprivation of rights volunteer teachers in government schools are facing.

Formed in 2009, the JISTO comprises volunteer teachers from secondary and higher secondary schools. There are 129 secondary and higher secondary schools in Darjeeling district and according to figures from 2013, almost 528 vacancies for permanent teaching positions were available then. This number has only increased since, and the JISTO has been agitating for permanent positions for the last nine years but to no avail. Some volunteer workers have devoted almost 18 years of service, and still have not been granted permanent status.
Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers’ Organisation (JISTO)
Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers’ Organisation (JISTO) -  file photo
In two memorandums submitted to the Headmaster Association of Darjeeling and to the Darjeeling MLA, Amar Rai, JISTO coordinator Amrit Gurung said, “We have devoted our valuable time and efforts to the education sector and our services can be each year when new batches of students pass out. Many of us have moved beyond our youthful years, but we are still being forced to agitate for our rights. What sort of a situation is this??

“The educated people of the hills are receiving a wrong message upon witnessing the helpless condition of the voluntary teachers. Due to non-receipt of adequate provisions from the state government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, the teachers are not making any progress. We cannot overlook the fact that if things are not mended in time, the students of the hills will face a bleak future.”

The GJM’s poll manifesto ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections included a clause to make JISTO members permanent. The organisation seeks support from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and hopes their prolonged agitation reaches a favourable conclusion soon.


Source EOI



500 voluntary teachers in ‪Darjeeling‬ hills to be regularised

9:03 PM

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri today met state education minister Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata and was reportedly assured of regularising the 515 volunteer teachers of the hills who launched an agitation in October 2015.

The volunteer teachers, under the aegis of the Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers’ Organisation (JISTO), held demonstrations including dharnas at Lalkothi, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration headquarters, and outside the district magistrate office. The agitation was called off in November-end after Chatterjee met the teachers in Kalimpong and invited them to Kolkata for a meeting. Today, Giri issued a press statement from Kolkata that said the state education minister has assured to form an examination board to recruit the 515 volunteer teachers. “I met the state education minister with a delegation of JISTO

members and placed our demand of starting the process of regularising volunteer teachers of the hills. The minster has promised us the process would start soon,” read Giri’s press statement. The GJM leader, who is also the in-charge of the GTA education department, said Chatterjee has also promised to form an examination board to recruit the 515 volunteer teachers. “The examination board will be set up only for the appointment of the 515 teachers,” he stressed. The GTA has requested the minister to ensure the volunteer teachers are given age concession as many of them have been in service for 30 years. “These volunteer teachers are enrolled in the selection list and have been serving for nearly three decades.

Hence, we must look into their interests too and provide age concession,” pointed out Giri. JISTO general secretary Vivek Newar could not be contacted, but organisation members welcomed the development and thanked the education minister for his intervention. 

Source: EOI

Education minister calls JISTO for talks in Calcutta

7:39 AM
Writes: Rajeev Ravidas

The GTA executive sabha member, Roshan Giri, today said state education minister Partha Chatterjee had invited agitating voluntary and para teachers in the hills for a discussion in Calcutta but the latter seemed to suggest that the talks were subject to the withdrawal of the ongoing dharna.

There are 515 voluntary and para teachers in the hills and they have been holding demonstrations for more than three weeks demanding regularisation of their jobs under the banner of the Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers' Association (JISTO), an affiliate of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

Today, Giri, who is in-charge of secondary and higher secondary education at the GTA, led a delegation of JISTO members who met Chatterjee at the Circuit House here. They sought the minister's intervention to fulfil the teachers' demand.

Immediately after the meeting, Giri told reporters that the minister had called the JISTO for talks in Calcutta while appealing to the teachers to withdraw the agitation. However, the minister later seemed to suggest that the Calcutta talks invitation was subject to the withdrawal of the agitation by the JISTO.
Bengal Govt Talks Offer Linked to Withdrawal of Agitation by JISTO
The relay hunger strike by the agitating teachers in front of Lal Kothi in
Darjeeling on Friday. Picture by Suman Tamang
Giri said: "The education minister has called us for talks in Calcutta. He has also appealed to the JISTO to withdraw the agitation. I will also appeal to the JISTO to withdraw its dharna."

Chatterjee, on the other hand, said while he had invited the JISTO for talks, he would also want it to withdraw the agitation.

Asked if the talks offer would stand in case the JISTO did not withdraw the dharna, he said: "I will certainly believe good sense will prevail."

The minister prefaced that by saying the 515 teachers couldn't hold the fate of thousands of students to ransom. "I told them I am a different man. Don't put pressure on me. What the last government started (the appointment of voluntary and para teachers) cannot be the responsibility of this government. But we are sympathetic towards them and under no circumstances can the quality of education be sacrificed... I have told them to come to Calcutta to discuss, but first they should withdraw their strike as the fate of students cannot be wasted."

JISTO secretary Vivek Newar, who was part of the delegation which met Chatterjee, said it would not withdraw the dharna, but would hold classes so that the students didn't face inconvenience. The JISTO has been holding dharnas at different places in the hills since October 29 demanding that the teachers be made permanent. From today, its members began a relay hunger strike at Lal Kothi in Darjeeling on the demand.

Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri was present at the meeting between the minister and the delegation led by Giri.

While Giri said Chhetri didn't utter a word, the MLA said he did not participate in the discussions.

Chhetri had earlier claimed that he would facilitate a meeting between JISTO leaders and the minister, but the JISTO functionaries said they would call on Chatterjee on their own.

Source: Telegraph


Over 5,000 GTA casual staff threaten halt, demands regularization

9:00 AM
Vivek Chhetri

Darjeeling, Nov. 19: Over 5,000 casual employees of the GTA today launched an agitation demanding immediate regularization of their jobs with a poster campaign and threatened to bring the hill body to a halt.

The agitation has come when over 500 voluntary teachers are seeking regularization of their jobs, their protest hampering classes in several educational institutions in the hills.

Deepak Sharma, the spokesman for the Jamukti Asthai Karmachari Sangathan, which is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, said: "Calcutta High Court had issued a directive to the state government on May 14 to convene a meeting with representatives of the GTA within four months to decide how it would set in motion the process of absorbing the casual employees. However, instead of starting the process, the government filed an appeal against this directive in the high court in August."
Over 5,000 GTA casual staff threaten halt, demands regularization
Deepak Sharma and Kisan Gurung in Darjeeling on Thursday. Picture by Suman Tamang 
The casual employees, who are the workforce of the GTA, said their patience was running out. "We have decided to launch an agitation. From today, we started plastering posters across the hills demanding job regularisation. In the days to come, we will intensify our agitation and will not hesitate to bring the GTA to a grinding halt," said Sharma.

The 5,000 GTA casual employees make up almost 80 per cent of the hill body's workforce.

Kisan Gurung, the general secretary of the organisation, said: "We want the state government to immediately withdraw the appeal in the high court and announce its decision to regularise our jobs at the next bipartite meeting scheduled to be held in Darjeeling on December 15. Until that meeting, we will continue to intensify our agitation."

He did not list out the details of the agitation.

The Janmukti Insecure Secondary Teachers' Organisation (JISTO), the body of voluntary teachers in the Darjeeling hills, has also decided to launch a relay hunger strike at Lal Kothi here from tomorrow. "We will also meet state education minister Partha Chatterjee in Kalimpong tomorrow to discuss the matter," said Vivek Newar, the secretary of the organisation.

The organisation is demanding the regularisation of jobs of 515 voluntary teachers who have been working in various schools.

Source Telegraph

 
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