Jharkhand para teachers write letter in blood to PM

Agitating Jharkhand para teachers inked out a plea for help to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with their own blood. Thousands of the para teachers in Jharkhand, are on strike for more than a month demanding a wage hike. The para teachers who get a salary of just Rs. 6000 per month are demanding a pay hike of 25 percent. The state government has agreed to a raise of only 10 percent. In desperation, the teachers have now written a letter in their own blood to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the matter.

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The agitation is going on in Ranchi. The teachers have been detained in Ranchi camp jail. A few of the detained women para teachers contributed their blood – drawn from their veins with syringes – to write the letter to the Prime Minister.

“Please help us,” wrote Abhilasha Jha, a para-teacher who came to Ranchi to participate in the ongoing agitation from Baghmara block of Dhanbad district.

“The Raghubar Das government is not taking any interest in resolving our issues. We have been working for the past several years but we are not getting proper salary. We hope the Prime Minister will intervene and help us,” Abhilasha told reporters in Ranchi on Saturday.

Jharkhand has 80,000 para teachers. These teachers are recruited on ad-hoc basis for teaching in schools and alternative learning centers.

Jharkhand’s education department has warned the striking teachers to return to work or their services will be terminated.

At a time when education is being greater importance in our country, the sad state of affairs in the payment for teachers is being revealed. The government must overhaul the pay scales of teachers all over the country if it hopes to succeed in its aims to uplift the education sector.

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