Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) union teachers organised a rally to protest against the alleged failure of the government to accept their demands on Saturday.
While addressing the rally, leaders of the union and various other organisations criticised the government for not accepting their demands, which include regularisation of their services in the education department; increasing maternity leave from three months to six months and withdrawal of police cases against the SSA and RMSA teachers.
They demanded the immediate release of the teachers who were arrested by the police during their protest in Rupnagar on February 1 and the withdrawal of their suspension orders.
The Rupnagar administration assured to arrange the meeting of SSA, RMSA union leaders with education minister Daljit Singh Cheema. The union leaders warned that if the issue of release of arrested teachers was not resolved in the meeting, the union would intensify the agitation and district level protests would be organised across the state.
The rally was addressed by SSA/RMSA union Punjab conveners Dawood Alam, Atinder Pal Singh, Pritpal Singh, Arjinder Singh Kaler, Sarabjit Singh, Raminder Singh, Puneet Goyal, Ram Bhajan Chaudhary, Punjab students union president Gurmukh Singh Mann, democratic teachers front president Bhupinder Singh Waraich, government teacher union Punjab president Karnail Singh Sandhu, master cadre union Punjab general secretary Washington Singh, Punjab subordinate services federation president Satish Rana were among those who spoke on the occasion.