Bhubaneswar, Aug 22:
Retrenched Model Cluster School (MCS) coordinators, who were appointed by the State Government for promotion of girls’ education in the State, staged a rally at the Lower PMG here on Thursday demanding reappointment in the job.
Over 1,000 members of the State Model Cluster School (MCS) Coordinators’ Mahasangha came in a procession from Master Canteen to the Lower PMG square flaunting placards bearing slogans against the Government’s apathy. Later they submitted a memorandum containing their demands to the Chief Minister and the School and Mass Education Minister.
The three-point charters of demands includes the appointment of coordinators as Shiksha Sahayaks in the primary schools of the State, reappointment of retrenched staffs and CT and B Ed training to them in a phased manner.
The State Government had appointed 3,159 coordinators for 27 districts in 2003 to improve the female literacy rate in the state and especially to bring girls into the educational mainstream. They were helping girls of 6-14 year age group to get into the school and bringing the drop out girl children back to school.
The coordinators were getting Rs 450 per month as travel allowance (TA). But after repeated protests, the State Government had increased their TA to Rs 1,000 from April 1 last year. In July 21, 2010, the State had given written assurance to fulfil their demands. But surprisingly, they were retrenched by the Government from June 1 this year, informed Mahasangha president Bishnupriya Das.
“If the State Government fails to fulfil our demands, we will intensify our agitation at the district level,” said Das.