Braving the cold weather, the indefinite protest by thousands of Tripura government school teachers, who had lost their jobs following Court’s ruling, continued for the 16 day on Tuesday even as they rejected the BJP-led government’s offer to apply for the vacant posts. Accompanied by their children and family members, thousands of retrenched teachers under the banner of the Joint Movement Committee (JMC) continued their protests throughout the day and vowed to continue their agitation until the government reinstated their jobs. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, State Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath has urged the agitated teachers to ‘compete’ for the vacant 9,000 posts in various departments, including the Education department, for which the State government recently issued recruitment notifications. These vacant posts notified by the government comprise ‘Group C’ and ‘Group D’ posts. “Instead of agitations, these teachers must get ready and apply for their alternative government jobs as the BJP government is sympathetic to their cause and that’s why recently published a necessary notification to recruit people against 9,000 vacant government posts,” saying CM Biplab Deb. Of the 10,323 former government teachers, 1,365 people got alternative jobs and availed different income avenues while 77 died prematurely with many of them committing suicide. JMC’s Joint Convener Dalia Das said the teachers already completed their government service for many years and several of them crossed their stipulated age limit while the state government’s offer is “impractical” and against the interest of the teachers. “We had called off our agitation after CM Biplab Deb on October 3 assured to take steps to solve our problems permanently within two months. The two months have already lapsed but Deb and his government are yet to take any step when the teachers are suffering a lot after losing their jobs in March this year,” Das told the media. Another JMC’s Joint Convener Bimal Saha said thousands of teachers, including their family members, are facing hardships for the past nine months while 77 retrenched teachers have already died with some committing suicide. The teachers were inducted into the State government schools in different phases from 2010 when the CPI(M)-led Left government was in power. Now definitely it’s a deadlock. Deadlock between government and the terminated teachers. Its must come to end before any chaos.