Acting Prime Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka has said that the government will address the demands of the agitating teachers through dialogues.
Speaking at the first day meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of ruling Nepali Congress held at the central party office in Sanepa, Acting Prime Minister Khadka, who is also the Vice President of the Nepal Congress, said, "The government is ready to address all the demands raised by the teachers' federation within the limits set by the Constitution and the current economic situation of the country."
He further said that the trade union rights raised by the teachers, pension and benefits during retirement, etc, are being discussed in the meeting.
General Secretary Gagan Kumar Thapa presented various proposals in the meeting which was presided over by President Sher Bahadur Deuba, informed party chief secretary Krishna Prasad Paudel.
Central members Bimalendra Nidhi, Kalyan Gurung, Nainsingh Mahar and Pratima Gautam expressed their views in today's meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, central member Nainsingh Mahar said that the government should be serious in listening to the demands of the disgruntled teachers.
“Questions have been raised about the School Education Bill. Some of the issues that the government has promised so far are not included in the Bill,” he said, "Teachers have not raised issues outside the Constitution."
Similarly, another central member Pratima Gautam said that the current government should listen to the demands of the protesting teachers and fulfill them.
In the meeting, the invited province presidents Uddhav Thapa (Koshi), Krishna Prasad Yadav (Madhesh), Indra Bahadur Baniya (Bagamati), Shukraraj Sharma (Gandaki), Amar Singh Pun (Lumbini), Lalitjung Shahi (Karnali) and Bir Bahadur Balayar (Sudurpaschim) put forth their views.
According to Chief Secretary Paudel, the CWC meeting will be held at the central party office at 11 am on Friday.