New Panel To Look Into Grievances Of Fasting SSC Candidates

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Kolkata: Bengal education department has formed an expert committee to look into the grievances of the School Service Commission (SSC) teacher aspirants who are on a hunger strike since 28 February.

The development comes after a delegation of the agitating teacher aspirants held a near 1.3-hour meeting with state education minister Partha Chatterjee. The meeting took place at Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake in the afternoon.

“They can communicate their grievances to the expert committee headed by education department secretary Manish Jain. A reply will be processed within 15 days,” Chatterjee told a press conference.

This is even as the minister maintained that there has been no foul play in the recruitment so far. Hafizul Gazi, leader of the fasting SSC teacher aspirants, said that while they welcome the forming of the expert committee, the hunger strike will continue.

“We shall furnish our demands to the five-member expert committee but the fast will continue until and unless the matter gets resolved,” he said.

This is even as the hunger strike by 350-odd teacher aspirants has completed 23 days today. The fast is being carried out on the pavement in front of Kolkata Press Club.