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AAP concludes ‘ulti Dandi yatra’ against Gyan Sahayak Scheme with a warning to state govt | Ahmedabad News

Concluding an eight-day ‘ulti Dandi yatra’ (reverse Dandi Yatra) on Friday to protest the state government’s Gyan Sahayak Scheme, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced they would soon take to the streets and “gherao” BJP MLAs if the scheme is not withdrawn.

The yatra was undertaken by AAP leaders in the state and headed by tribal AAP MLA Chaitar Vasava. It commenced from Dandi on October 13 and concluded at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram late Friday evening with the route being the reverse of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March in 1930.

Stressing that 32,000 permanent posts of teachers in primary, secondary, and higher secondary government schools be filled through regular appointments immediately, Vasava, addressing a public gathering at Satyagrah Chhavni at Gandhinagar, said that the fight is “not only for the job of teachers in government schools but against the privatisation and injustice across the country.”

The Gujarat Education Department in July had announced the scheme as an interim arrangement until the vacant posts of teachers are filled through regular appointments. The department had cited the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 as the premise for implementing 11 months of contractual service teachers as ‘gyan sahayaks’ in government schools. The government had declared hiring on contract 15,000 Gyan Sahayaks in primary schools and 11,500 in secondary and higher secondary schools with salaries ranging from Rs 21,000-Rs 26,000 per month for such contractual service.

Adding that similar introduction of contractual service in the posts of multipurpose health workers (MPHWs) and staff nurses has only ended up in “privatisation of district government and civil hospitals such as in Vyara (Tapi district), Dahod and Lunawada (Mahisagar district), Vasava allured that the scheme is only an attempt by the BJP government to eventually “privatise government schools”.

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AAP youth leader Yuvrajsinh Jadeja, while adding that the party will continue to fight against the scheme in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, also thanked “many BJP and Congress leaders, including (Congress) MLA Anant Patel” for extending support to the AAP’s march. “Thanks to BJP and Congress leaders who came out in support of our march across party lines, including Anant Patel in Navsari because they too are concerned about youth issues. The root of this problem is politics and the solution too lies in politics,” said Jadeja.

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Notably, the AAP and the Congress are part of the INDIA alliance that is looking to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Following the public rally at Gandhinagar, the leaders went to the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, marking the culmination of the yatra.

Gujarat AAP general secretary Manoj Sorathiya, while speaking to The Indian Express, said that the yatra was aimed as an outreach towards smaller towns and villages where students prepare for competitive exams and aspire for government jobs.

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