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CPI MP Binoy Viswam writes to the CM of Bihar regarding undemocratic orders issued against teachers

I write this letter to bring to your knowledge certain developments which

have creating apprehensions in the teaching community. I would like to start by

congratulating the Mahagathbandhan Government of Bihar for providing stable

employment to 1.20 lakh teachers in a single day in an unprecedented move

which deserves laurels. The Mahagathbandhan Governement under your

leadership has changed Bihar’s image in providing employment and has

attracted the attention of youth from other states as well.

However, certain acts by overenthusiastic bureaucrats are being seen as

undemocratic by the teaching community, with the potential to diminish the

Government’s image among teachers and the general public. A senior officer

looking after the Education Department is regularly issuing orders that are

undemocratic in nature and are being seen by teachers as restrictions on their

rights. These orders have directed the teaching community not to assemble, form

their organisations, refrain from giving opinions and not to use social media to

express their thoughts. These orders are justifiably seen as being as anti trade-

unions.

While the Mahagathbandhan Government of Bihar is striving to uphold its

commitments to employment generation and social justice, these acts by officials

may have effect of diverting the focus from critical issues. Teaching community

in Bihar has protested against these acts and it should be paid heed to. I request

you in this background to look into the matter, address the concern being raised

by teachers and take appropriate action with regards to the officials behind these

undemocratic orders.

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