EDUCATION & POLITICAL CORRUPTION: Pay stop blame on ABTA – Teacher accuses CPM organisation of stalling salary

EDUCATION & POLITICAL CORRUPTION: Pay stop blame on ABTA – Teacher accuses CPM organisation of stalling salary – the snide & inhuman games that CPM plays, but for how much longer ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Raiganj, Nov. 4: A newly appointed teacher of a high school in North Dinajpur’s Kaliaganj has complained to the authorities that he had not been paid salary for the past three months for refusing to enrol as a member of the CPM-dominated All Bengal Teachers’ Association (ABTA).

The district inspector of schools (secondary), Rezabul Karim Tarafdar, who received the complaint, has started an investigation.

The complainant, Prasun Saha, said he had qualified through the School Service Commission and had joined Mahespur High School in Kaliaganj in August. “When I joined work on August 27, I was asked by the secretary of the school managing committee to enrol as ABTA member. When I refused, he made other staff members threaten me. Ultimately, I joined the Secondary Teachers’ Employees’ Association (STEA) that is predominantly anti-Left.”

Incensed by his decision to spurn the ABTA, the secretary of the school managing committee, Amjad Ali, refused to sign Saha’s service book. Unless the secretary approves the appointment by signing the service book and sends it to the DI’s office, Saha’s salary cannot be released.

“For the past three months, I had been pleading with the secretary a number of times but he has not yet signed the book on some pretext or the other, forcing me to draw the attention of the district inspector of schools as a last resort,” Saha said.

The DI of schools, Tarafdar, said he had received the complaint. “As soon as the schools reopens on November 8, I will ask the headmaster of Mahespur High School to meet me.”

The district secretary of the Congress-dominated STEA, Amal Mitra, said: “If his (Saha) salary is not released when the schools reopen (after Puja vacation), we will gherao the DI.”

The district secretary of the ABTA, Bipul Moitra, said there was no question of making teachers join the association forcefully.

“The managing committee meets before approving the service book of new teachers, maybe the meeting has been delayed because of some reason,” Moitra said.

Repeated attempts to contact managing committee secretary Ali failed.

Headmaster Shyamapada Bandyopadhyay said he was trying to persuade Ali to put his signature on the service book. “I am hopeful that the matter will be solved soon,” he said.

 

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