The members of Adbasi Sengal Avijan, a Tribal social organization in South Dinajpur on Monday demonstrated and locked the District Primary School Council office’s main gate demanding implementation of Alchiki language in schools at the higher secondary level.

The organization has served a memorandum to the District Inspector of Schools, Mrinal kanti Singha and has challenged the district education board to hold further movements in the coming week if their demands are not fulfilled.

The district administration on the other hand has assured them to conduct a talk on 22 February, it is learnt. “More than 30 members and supporters of Adibasi Sengal Avijan organization on Monday assembled in front of the District Primary School Council’s office.

According to the record of the district administration, 25% of the total population in South Dinajpur belongs to the tribal community where 99% of them reside in the village areas which are yet under developed,” sources said. According to the memorandum served to the District Inspector of Schools (primary), the organization is seeking establishment of schools in these tribal villages with Alchiki medium education.

The district president of Adbashi Sengal Avijan, Bibhuty Tudu said, “Since the last five years we are demanding for establishment of schools with tribal language learning in the district. The administration has been giving us assurance but no actions have been initiated yet. We have decided to continue our movement.

We held a talk with officials of the district administration and they have assured us to talk on the issue on 22 February. Following the meet, we will plan our next step. I have said the District Inspector that we will lock his office for an infinite period the next day.”

“I will inform my superiors about their demand. We have no power to open new schools. The matter will be decided by the government,” said the District Inspector of Schools South Dinajpur, Mrinal Singha.