Around 50 primary teachers sat on a dharna at the district education office on Wednesday to demand immediate transfer to schools in or near their hometown of Jamshedpur.
The teachers from the steel city are posted in Dumaria block of East Singhbhum, about 75km away. Gathered under the banner of Prathamik Shikshak Sangharsh Samiti, the teachers launched their four-hour-long agitation at 11am at the Dhatkidih premises of the education office.
But since district superintendent of education (DSE) Indubhushan Singh was not present in office, the teachers called off their protest.
However, they vowed to continue their agitation from June 17 till their demand is fulfilled.
“We have been staying away from our families for long. Our demand is absolutely justified and hence we will continue to fight for our cause till we get our transfer letters in hand. From next week, we will again start the agitation,” said Arun Kumar, a member of Prathamik Shikshak Sangharsh Samiti.
According to state government transfer rules, a teacher cannot be deputed for more than five years in a particular school.
These primary teachers have been working away from their home for more than 12 years.
According to the protesters, they had even recorded their complaint with deputy commissioners, but no action had been initiated till date.
“We have been demanding our transfer for the past seven years, but all our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. The district superintendent of education has changed so many times, but none bothered to consider our demand. This time we have decided to sit here everyday until our transfers are finalised,” said vice-convenor of Prathamik Shikshak Sangharsh Samiti Rakesh Kumar Singh.