New Delhi: Lakhs of para-teachers are on the verge of losing their jobs in schools across the country, a CPI(M) member said on Monday and sought the Centre's intervention to protect their employment.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Tapan Kumar Sen (CPI-M) said a few lakh teachers, who supplement regular teachers in schools all over the country, were going to lose their job by end of March as they now need to have a diploma under the Right to Education due to change in norms.
He said there were around 53,000 teachers in his own state of West Bengal whose employment tenure was going to come to an end by March 31.
"Their job is under threat. I seek the intervention of the Central government. It is a question of their bread and butter. No state government can appoint so many teachers in such a short period.
"It is a very serious issue. They are going to lose their job and the state and central government must make an arrangements whereby an extension is given to their employment," he said.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said he would bring the matter to the notice of the HRD Minister for steps in this regard.
Bhushan Lal Jangde (BJP) raised the issue of lack of resources for Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, a Central University in Bilaspur.
He lamented that crores of rupees have been sanctioned for its development and the campus was spread over 800 acres, but there was no facilities for teachers and students to live.
"Rs 90 crores spent for installation of a nuclear accelerator amounts ot misuse of money. The jobs of teachers are in danger and the number of colleges under the University are coming down. The authorities are playing with the jobs of teachers," he said, seeking government's intervention in the matter.