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Teachers announce 4-phase protest

Guwahati, Aug. 4: The Assam College Teachers’ Association (ACTA) today announced a four-phase agitation programme from August 13 in protest against non-fulfilment of its demands which include issues related to salaries and proper functioning of the Directorate of Higher Education (DHE).

The decision was taken yesterday by the ACTA’s steering committee, said the association’s general secretary Jyoti Kamal Hazarika who said the agitation would not affect students.

The strike comes amid the budget session which got under way today. Senior cabinet minister Pradyut Bordoloi is looking after the education department after Himanta Biswa Sarma’s resignation last month.

As part of the programme, the agitation will begin with a 36-hour hunger strike in front of the DHE office by the steering committee members on August 13.

It will be followed by protest meetings by the ACTA’s units spread across the state on August 19.

On August 27, protest meetings will be held in front of principals’ offices of 180 member colleges from 11am to 1pm. On September 5, another protest will be held in front of the DHE by central executive members and presidents/secretaries of its units from 10am to 3pm.

CAG findings

The Comptroller and Auditor-General of India has found several irregularities in implementation of various projects in Assam during the financial year 2012-13.

In its report for the year that ended on March 31, 2013, CAG has detected that mission director of NRHM and the Assam government made deviations in the revised estimate from the approved estimate without obtaining consent of the Centre which resulted in expenditure of Rs 46.50 crore.


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