Agartala, March 19 (IANS) Amid massive agitations by 10,323 Tripura government teachers to keep their jobs, the BJP state government on Thursday announced to absorb the teachers in various state government departments, a minister said after a Cabinet meeting.

The 10,323 Tripura government teachers are facing termination of jobs due to the Supreme Court and High Court orders citing “discrepancies in recruitment”. Tripura Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the residual numbers of teaching personnel of 8,882 among the 10,323 Tripura government teachers would be absorbed in various departments against the vacant posts of 10,618.

“Before appointing the 8,882 teachers in non-teaching jobs of other departments, the state government would seek the permission of the Supreme Court as the apex court earlier cancelled their jobs,” the minister said after the meeting of the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Nath said the issue of the 10,323 government teachers’ jobs was discussed on humanitarian grounds and considered the livelihood of 50,000 people, including the family members of these teachers facing termination of jobs.

“The previous Left Front government did not follow the first orders of the High Court in 2011 causing the termination of thousands of government teachers,” the minister claimed. “A serious situation has arisen as thousands of teachers are assembling during their ongoing agitation in the capital despite the restrictions promulgated in view of the COVID-19,” he added.

–IANS

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