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Teachers lay siege to Vidhan Bhawan

HUNDREDS OF senior basic teachers gheraoed the Vidhan Bhawan here for over an hour on Monday demanding inclusion of all basic schools in the government grant list.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 01:34 IST

Demand grants for basic schools

HUNDREDS OF senior basic teachers gheraoed the Vidhan Bhawan here for over an hour on Monday demanding inclusion of all basic schools in the government grant list.

State president of the UPSenior Basic Shikshak Sangh DurgVijay Singh said that the teachers working in unaided schools were on the verge of starvation as they were poorly paid.

Sangh’s general secretary Avadhesh Kumar Mishra said the government had promised to provide aid to the recognised schools by it had not recognised any school in recent years. He said the government had not kept its promise for last eight years because it would put extra burden of Rs 350 cr on the state exchequers. The government must think about thousands of teachers who were languishing in the absence of aid, he said.

Despite tight security, the agitating teachers managed to reach in front of the Vidhan Bhavan and disrupted traffic there for over one hour. They also raised slogans in favour of their demands.

They, however, lifted their siege of the Vidhan Bhavan after the ADM (City) assured them of fixing an appointment with the chief minister.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Shiksha Mitras from all over the State assembled nearv the Vidhan Bhavan to stage a dharna in support of their demands regarding regularisation of their services and increase in wages. State president of the Adarsh Shiksha Mitra Welfare Association Jitendra Shahi said Shiksha Mitras would sit on fast-unto-death if their demands were not met till August 30.

Shiskha Mitras spokesperson Ram Karan Maurya said that Shiksha Mitras were not getting their wages on time and the village heads (gram pradhans) often threatened them with removal from service if they objected to the late payment of wages as renewal of their contracts was in their hands. The Shiksha Mitras also demanded similar facilities to the BTC teachers. They said their services should be regularised instead of keeping them on contact.