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 21st day on Sunday 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. Of the 10,323 former government teachers, 1,365 people got alternative jobs and availed different income avenues while 77 people died 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.