Tea garden workers in Sylhet on Sunday demanded special allocation in the next national budget to enhance educational facilities for their children.
Activists of Cha Bagan Shiksha Odhikar Bastabayan Parishad, a platform developed to press home the educational rights of the children of tea garden workers, made the demand in a petition submitted to the finance minister through the district administration.
Additional deputy commissioner (general) Sandip Kumar Singha received the application on behalf of the district administration, officials said.
The CBSOBP leaders in the application alleged that effective steps were not taken to meet the basic rights of the tea garden workers in long 48 years after the Independence, though they are playing significant role to boost up the country’s economy.
They stated that government primary schools have been established so far at only 14 out of 166 tea gardens in the country while only 3 secondary level schools have been established there.
Besides, compulsory primary education programme of the government was not implemented so far in the tea garden regions of the country, they said.
The state is responsible to offer same standard of mass education for all and to provide free compulsory education system to boys and girls up to the particular level according to the article 17 of the Constitution, the CBSOBP leaders reminded.
They said the government should take immediate steps to meet the fundamental rights of tea garden workers if it wants to achieve a concerted and sustainable development in the country.
Earlier in the morning, the CBSOBP activists held a rally in front of Central Shaheed Minar at Chowhatta in the Sylhet city to press home their demands.
The CBSOBP leader Addhir Bauri presided over the rally that was addressed, among others, by the organisation’s coordinator Sanjay Kanta Das and Bishwajit Shil, Malnichhara Tea Garden unit organiser Sanjit Bauri, Lakkatura Tea Garden unit organiser Angkan Layek, Lalkhan Tea Garden unit organiser Suman Mridha, Hiluachhara Tea Garden organiser Ranju Ganju, Daldali Tea Garden unit orgniser Suchitra Lohar, Khan Tea Garden organiser Jiban Roy and Chharagang Tea Garden organiser Ripon Kurmi.
After the rally, they marched towards the district administration’s office at Bandar Bazar in the divisional city to submit the petition to the finance minister.
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