Teach­ers told to sell onions to pre­vent crop from rot­ting

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Shruti To­mar shruti.to­mar@hindustantimes.com

sec­tion of govern­ment teach­ers in Mad­hya Pradesh’s Ra­j­garh district are up in arms af­ter be­ing or­dered to sell onions to stop the vegetable from rot­ting in a year where a sup­ply glut has sent prices plum­met­ing.

District pan­chayat chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Praveen Singh asked the district civil sup­ply de­part­ment to pro­cure the onions from farmer mar­kets and trans­port it to Jan Shik­sha Ken­dras – teacher-run cen­tres to mon­i­tor school ed­u­ca­tion and at­ten­dance -- so that NGOs in­volved in the mid­day meal scheme could get onions at sub­sidised rates.

“The process will help the farm­ers in sell­ing the onion easily. The mea­sure is be­ing taken to en­sure the onion pro­cured by the govern­ment is dis­trib­uted among NGOs so that onion doesn’t rot,” the let­ter stated.

Mad­hya Pradesh is gripped by an acute agri­cul­tural cri­sis that has seen 14 farm­ers com­mit sui­cide in two weeks, reel­ing from fall­ing prices and a de­mon­eti­sa­tion-in­duced cash crunch.

Hun­dreds of farm­ers have blocked high­ways, torched ve­hi­cles and even at­tacked govern­ment of­fi­cials to de­mand a loan waiver and higher crop prices.

The govern­ment says the lat­est move is aimed at mit­i­gat­ing the dis­tress.

But teach­ers say the move will take up all their time and they will be forced to take time off from

con­cen­trat­ing on teach­ing and mon­i­tor­ing of schools. The aca­demic ses­sion be­gan on Mon­day. Jan Sikhsha Ken­dra is set up to en­hance the ed­u­ca­tion level of the schools by mon­i­tor­ing it.

From proper at­ten­dance of teach­ers and stu­dents to hold­ing classes, jan shik­shaks have to keep a watch on the same.

“When will the in­jus­tice to teach­ers stop? Teach­ers in MP are in very poor con­di­tion,” said state teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Ashutosh Pandey.

Other teach­ers said the govern­ment often praised pri­vate schools for bet­ter re­sults but

over­looked the fact that state staff was over­bur­dened with non­teach­ing work.

“For ad­min­is­tra­tors , teach­ers are most com­pe­tent per­sons and they can do any­thing from shoe­keep­ing to onion sell­ing but they should main­tain the dig­nity of word ‘teacher’,” said a teacher.

But the district CEO said the sell­ing of onions to NGOs won’t dis­turb the work­ing of teach­ers. “Farm­ers are wor­ried about their onion as well as for cul­ti­vat­ing new crop. As of now, we have just stored onions at Jan Shik­sha Ken­dras. Once we de­cide the rate, the onions will be sold to NGOs.”

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