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Parents block Mango Bridge against private schools arbitrariness

Jamshedpur, Jan. 11: A group of parents including women under the banner of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh on hunger strike since last seven days (January 4), blocked Mango Bridge for hours on Monday, January 11 evening.

The protestors are against rise in fee structure of private cradles in violation of clauses in the Jharkhand Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 (Amendment 2012).

The hour long protest made commuters suffer the most as people were left stranded on Sakchi and Mango side of bridge in the peak hour of the evening. Radha Jonko, Suman Bagchi, Gurubari Dhibar, Chanda Dhibar, Barnali Dhibar, Raj Kumari Gope and parent’s outfit president Umesh Kumar were involved in agitation.

“We have no choice but to take this step as our demands before the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, secretary human resource development department and even chief minister has failed to take steps in this regard. We will continue our protest till the government takes concrete steps in this regard,” said Umesh Kumar.

Citing the Jharkhand Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 (Amendment 2012), one of the parents taking part in the agitation said, “Under clause 9 and sub-clause 22 of this rules those schools which have been established on leased or sub-leased land (as in the case in city where land has been sub-leased from Tata Steel) they should be treated as government aided ones but these schools frame their own fee structure in an arbitrary manner without taking permission from district administration,” said a parent during the protest.

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