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Tripura CPM acts against protesters

Agartala, Jan. 8: The CPM in Tripura has cracked the whip on the party workers and supporters, who ransacked or burnt down party offices and residences of local leaders to protest deprivation of jobs of primary school teachers.

The distribution of job offers stared in December 27.

Already six party members have been expelled or suspended for “acts of gross indiscipline” while police action has been initiated against those who were involved in such acts.

“We will take more action at the party level because we have information about a number of partymen being involved in unruly activities. We have sought reports from 19 divisional committees across the state,” said CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar.

Ever since the distribution of job offers for primary school teachers began, deprived youths, particularly CPM workers and supporters, who had missed out on the offers, ransacked party offices and attacked local-level leaders.

Dhar, however, did not concede that there might have been irregularities in issuing job offers. Instead, he held the Trinamul Congress responsible for the violence. “Mamata Banerjee’s party unit here is trying to misguide unemployed youths against the Left Front. But she will not succeed.”

Earlier, chief minister Manik Sarkar also expressed his displeasure over the unemployed youths’ fury over job offers.

In November, the state government had constituted a committee to look into the vacancies in all the 56 departments of the state government.

The committee, headed by additional chief secretary K.V. Satyanarayan, recently obtained a report that showed that more than 40,000 posts were lying vacant in the 56 departments of the state government. “It is possible to recruit more than 40,000 employees at this moment. But this will be done in a phased manner and the entire process will be completed by 2017,” a source said.

The report will be sent to the finance department for assessing the implications of the recruitment process because funds for this will have to be obtained from the Centre, he added.

Senior CPM leaders are now banking on the report of the committee to curb resentment over the job offers among the deprived youths.