GUWAHATI: Reacting sharply to the newly passed Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Bill, 2011, the All Bodo Students' Union (Absu) on Friday warned education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and announced that leaving any Bodo-medium venture schools without provincialisation will not be tolerated.
"Many Bodo-medium venture schools may not meet the criteria that the new bill has suggested. But Absu wants to warn the government not to do discriminate against any Bodo-medium venture schools or it will challenge the new bill. There should be a place for humanity. The government should not be stingy in fixing the cut-off date for provincializing schools and services of teachers in the state. All venture schools established before the enactment of the law should be provincialized," said Promod Boro, the president of Absu.
The bill has decided to make 2006 as the cut-off year to provincialize venture schools. Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said such schools set up after the cut-off year would not be provincialised.
The objective of the bill is to provincialize the services of different categories of employees, both teaching and non-teaching, who are serving in non-provincialized (popularly known as venture) educational institutions in the state in a phased manner.
The Absu has criticized the minister for not involving civil society groups while drafting the bill. "The union sincerely and positively appeals to the government and authorities concerned to review the entire drafting of the bill for the interest of all linguistic communities," added Boro.
On the other hand, other students' bodies like the All Assam Students' Union (Aasu) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) also protested against the government's failure in providing basic facilities to the people of the city. While Aasu staged a dharna to protest against the waterlogging problem of the city, AJYCP torched the effigy of Assam State Electricity Board for faulty power supply.