Warangal (Urban), May 16: Government teachers have started to panic as the number of teachers succumbing to the Coronavirus pandemic is on the rise with every passing day.
According to a state-wide survey conducted by the Telangana United Teachers Federation (TSUTF), 256 teachers and retired teachers across the state have died of the Covid-19 virus. Till May 14, as many as 33 teachers and retired teachers succumbed to the deadly virus in Warangal district.
Reports of hundreds of teachers across Warangal district being infected with the virus has started to cause widespread panic.
Leaders of various teachers’ unions have blamed the government for deputing teachers to perform election duties for the spread of the virus among the teaching fraternity. Teachers’ unions demand the government pay Rs 1 crore as compensation to the teachers who died of Covid-19. The unions also vented their ire on the state election commission for refusing to consider requests to postpone elections in view of the catastrophic circumstances.
With the government declaring that it would only reimburse medical expenses upto Rs 1 lakh, teachers infected with the virus are terrified of being admitted at hospitals for treatment.
Meanwhile, the situation of the families of the Vidya Volunteers, along with contract teachers working at KGBV and model schools, who have not been paid salaries for 15 months, is worrisome.
Baddam Venkat Reddy, general secretary, TSUTF Warangal-Urban demanded the government pay Rs 1 crore as compensation to the teachers who died due to the Coronavirus infection contracted during municipal election duties. “All teachers should be offered cashless treatment at private hospitals.”
NVR Raju, president, PRTU Warangal-Urban demanded the limit on reimbursement be removed for the government teachers undergoing treatment for Covid or the treatment should be included under Aarogyasri.