In what seems to be an effort to revive the lost image of the Congress party in the national capital, senior Congress leader Ajay Maken on Friday met East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) contractual teachers, who are on a hunger strike, and assured them all possible help from the party.
“I will meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to ask him to look into the matter and take appropriate decision as soon as possible,” Maken told the teachers, who have been demanding renewal of their contract for the past 12 days.
Speaking to thestatesman.com,Uma Kant, a teaching staff at the MCD Primary Dayalpur School, said, “Despite getting approval and fund by the Human Resource and Development Ministry for the session 2015-2016, the MCD is refusing to renew our contract.”
Assuring the teachers of all possible efforts to help them, Maken said, "I do not have any hope on the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, but Congress workers and leaders will extend full support to the striking teachers.”
“The education budget by the Delhi government is only a paper work, but in reality nothing is happening, rather entire budget is being spent on party&’s advertisement," Maken alleged.
Around 506 contractual EDMC teachers, who were recruited in 2013-14, are facing the crisis of non-renewing of their contracts for this session and are on a protest since July 20 in front of the EDMC office at Patparganj Industrial area. Six teachers are on hunger strike for the past five days.
Manoj Kumar, a teacher at the MCD Boys Mandoli School, said, “We filed an Right To Information (RTI) in May, 2015 and came to know that 721 posts lying vacant with EDMC schools.”
"The EDMC mayor once talked to us about recruiting teachers, but they want only 50 or 60 teachers to be recruited. He also wants to increase the capacity of students from 40 to 60 per teacher, which will be burdensome for teachers,” Kumar added.
The contractual teachers were recruited through the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in MCD Schools.