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Opposition TDP Criticises AP Govt; Seeks Covid-19 Assistance For Pvt Teachers

TDP’s Nara Lokesh said states like Telangana and Karnataka have provided financial assistance to the struggling private education sector and its faculties.

TDP leader Nara Lokesh (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary, Nara Lokesh on Thursday urged the Jagan-led government in Andhra Pradesh to provide financial assistance to private schools and other educational faculties who were severely hit by Covid-19 pandemic.

“The situation of private teachers has become miserable due to the damage left by Covid-19 in two waves,” he said. He urged the state government to immediately support private teachers and faculty who are facing financial difficulties.

“It is deeply distressing to note that, on the day schools reopened in AP, a teacher couple running a private school in Koilkuntla committed suicide. They buckled under the pressure from money lenders. How many more such incidents must happen before the Andhra Pradesh government takes meaningful action?” asked Nara Lokesh, son of the former chief minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu and son in law of an actor turned politician Nandamuri Balakrishna.

How many more such incidents must happen before the Andhra Pradesh government takes meaningful action? Nara Lokesh, TDP National General Secretary

He further added that media has been reporting tragic stories where teachers are forced to sell vegetables, become construction workers and farm laborers as they struggle after their pay was cut, and have been receiving 60-70 per cent of their wages since March 2020.

He gave examples of states like Telangana and Karnataka who have provided financial assistance to the struggling private education sector and its faculties.

“The Telangana government provided financial assistance of Rs 2,000 per month and 25 kg of rice,” his letter to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy read.

“The Karnataka government has provided financial assistance of Rs 5,000 per month to private teachers. The AP government should also take immediate steps to ensure adequate livelihood security for private teachers,” he added.

Nara, who is the grandson of an actor turned Chief Minister N T Rama Rao, wrote this letter after a couple who were running a private school named ‘Life Energy’, died by suicide on August 17. The couple had incurred a huge debt, a purported video shared by the couple before taking the extreme step showed.

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