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JET pass para teachers’ protest enters 91st day, firm in demands for pay scale

Ranchi: The agitation by Jharkhand Eligibility Test (JET) pass para teachers in Jharkhand has reached its 91st day as they persist in their demand for fair pay. The total count of these para teachers, who have successfully cleared the TET (Teacher Eligibility Test), stands at 14,042 across the state.

Demonstrating unity, teachers from 24 districts have organized a rotational protest at Ranchi Raj Bhavan, with each district taking turns daily.

The para teachers took their grievances to the forefront, staging protests in front of the RJD office on October 21 and at the JMM office on November 11. Despite periodic expressions of discontent, their efforts have only yielded assurances, with no tangible resolution in sight. Notably, their dedication to the cause has persisted even during major festivals such as Durga Puja, Diwali, and Chhath.

The teachers assert their unwavering commitment to the strike until their demands are met. They have engaged with Chief Minister Hemant Soren and several ruling party MLAs, who have acknowledged the matter’s consideration. In a previous instance last July, the TET Pass Para teachers had encircled the Chief Minister’s residence, initiating the protest at Morabadi Maidan and marching towards their cause. However, the demonstration was halted by Ranchi police at Morhabadi TOP, leading to discussions with the Chief Minister’s secretary and the postponement of their protest.

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