Government teachers on duty of Covid demand protective gear, Rs 50 lakh insurance

Our lives are at stake, associations say to chief minister and chief secretary

Teachers in public schools have accused the state government of playing with their lives by assigning them Covid-19 tasks in critical areas without providing them with sufficient protective equipment at a time when the second wave of the pandemic is kicking off. a heavy price and demanded that they be provided with special insurance coverage.

Expressing concerns, two groups of teachers wrote to Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh on Friday, demanding their immediate intervention at a time when at least a dozen government workers had died in the past 10 days.

Akhil Bharatiya Prathamik Sikshak Sangh (ABPSB), a group of state-level primary teachers, told the chief secretary that several teachers have been assigned to intensive care units, intensive care units and other departments at Covid care centers across the state, but without the necessary. backups.

Sangh spokesperson Naseem Ahmed said: “Like others, teachers are also vulnerable and perform government assigned Covid functions in different hospitals, testing centers without any security measures. We did not receive any PPE kit, mask or gloves. Who will take responsibility if someone dies? ”

Ahmed demanded that the government declare them as frontline workers and provide them with insurance coverage of Rs 50 lakh.

Ekakrit Para Shikshak Sangharsh Morcha (EPSSM), a national organization for para-teachers, made a similar request. In her letter to the chief minister on Friday, la morcha said the lives of more than 60,000 para-teachers were at stake as they worked without any safety net.

“Para-teachers are not permanent state government personnel, but they are still used for Covid duty. Many are working day and night to help the government without any basic protective equipment. In recent times, many 50-year-old para-teachers have contacted the virus and even died, but the government has not provided them with any help. We require insurance of Rs 50 lakh for each para-teacher engaged in Covid duty, ”the letter said.

Among the government officials who have died from Covid is Ramgarh District Labor Superintendent Digamber Mahto, who breathed his last on Thursday morning. Mahto was one of the main officials who played a crucial role in bringing back the stranded residents after an avalanche hit Chamoli in Uttrakhand last year.

Education Secretary Rajesh Kumar Sharma did not respond when this website called him for comment.

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