BJP nationwide vp Mukul Roy on Monday wrote to Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah saying that para lecturers, or contract lecturers, in West Bengal had been disadvantaged of their rights. Roy sought Shah’s recommendation on the pay scale and perks that the BJP can guarantee such lecturers if it comes to energy.
“The state BJP should take up the matter seriously for the welfare of the para-teachers. I am willing to visit their agitation and assure them of our solidarity towards them. However, I would urge you to inform me about the pay-scale and perks that I, on behalf of the party, can assure them once we form the government in West Bengal,” Roy wrote within the letter.
The BJP chief drew the Union minister’s consideration to the long-standing demands of para lecturers in Bengal, describing it as a “sensitive matter”.
“I would like to draw your kind attention towards a sensitive and long-standing issue in West Bengal that has been deliberately ignored by the state government. Their [para teachers] pleas to the state government, including the chief minister, remained unheard and ignored. While the pay scale of para-teachers in other states was quite high, in West Bengal, the para-teachers get an honorarium of Rs 10,000 for serving in primary schools and Rs 13,000 for upper primary schools. The para-teachers now have come down to streets to voice their demands,” Roy stated.
Para lecturers right here have been demanding a pay construction at par with different states. West Bengal has over 63,000 such lecturers who’ve organised below the Samagra Siksha Mission of West Bengal. The BJP has accused the Mamata Banerjee administration of dealing with the matter “callously”.
“Since West Bengal is a poll-bound state and the citizens are vociferous for a change in the regime, the state BJP should take up the matter seriously for the welfare of the para-teachers,” learn the letter.