Many of the assistant teachers of government-aided secondary schools in Murshidabad district on Wednesday realised their long-pending incremental benefits pertaining to B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) training and expressed their thanks to the chief minister for it.

The B.Ed. increments paid to salary accounts of the beneficiaries this week brought smile to about 12000 such teachers across the state, said Mr Udayan Sengupta, an assistant teacher of Gholla High Madrassa in Murshidabad.

He had teamed up with two more assistant teachers from Murshidabad ~ Mr Prasun Biswas of Khenkul High School and Mr Hafijur Rahaman of Kolan PB Vidyapith ~ and met chief minister Mamata Banerjee last year.

Miss Banerjee then directed education minister Partha Chatterjee to reconsider their long-standing demands for annual increments payable against successful completion of B.Ed. training course.

Scrutiny of the matter revealed that untrained school teachers appointed during the period between 2006 and 2009 were directed to complete their B.Ed. course by 2012.

But many of the teachers could not complete the course within the stipulated time as the B.Ed. colleges fell short of seats.

So the teachers who completed the BEd course, either in open distance learning or regular mode, in the following years from 2012 to 2015 were not considered for annual increments against B.Ed., said Mr Rahaman.