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Former Mid-Day Meal Cooks Accuse Local BJP Leaders of Pressuring and Firing Them


By TC News Desk

Agartala, 24th January 2024:   In a startling turn of events, two long-serving mid-day meal cooks, Swapna Namah and Mampi Namah, from the morning section of Batadola School in Sonamura subdivision, have approached the local police station seeking justice. The women allege that they were coerced into resigning from their positions after steadfastly serving for 14 years, following the formation of the BJP government.

According to the complainants, local leaders affiliated with the ruling party exerted pressure on them to step down, but upon their refusal, the women claim to have been forced to sign resignation papers. Subsequently, new staff members were assigned to take over their roles. The situation escalated when Swapna Namah and Mampi Namah stopped receiving their salaries for five consecutive months, prompting them to cease working altogether.

With the mid-day meal program in schools suspended for the past two months and students being provided with biscuits instead, the aggrieved women approached the Sonamura police station demanding justice. They insist that their jobs be reinstated, citing an alleged attempt to oust them by coercing them into signing fraudulent documents. The women implicated several individuals, including Vishnu Biswas, Sabi Dutt, Rakesh Dutt, and Satyan Roy, accusing them of involvement in the alleged coercion.

Both Swapna Namah and Mampi Namah have been dedicated employees at the school for 16 years, and their sudden termination has left them in dire straits, with a sick husband at home and a child to care for.

The complaint has raised questions about the prevailing governance in the region, challenging the notion that good governance is unaffected by political affiliations. As the administration is urged to investigate the matter, local public representatives have yet to respond or provide evidence refuting the serious allegations. The situation remains tense as the community awaits the next steps from the authorities.

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