As many as 1,400 non-teaching employees recruited under Sarv Shikhsa Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in Punjab alleged unfair treatment by the state government.
Their teaching counterparts had been regularised in 2012 by the state government but despite repeated assurances, they alleged that they had been working on fixed salaries as contractual employees since the day they were appointed.
“In resentment, the non-teaching employees have been observing pen-down strike since October 21 throughout the state. They are not doing their work and sitting on a dharna outside the office to mark their protest,” said Talwinder Singh Wirring, state president of SSA/RMSA non-teaching employees' union, Punjab.
“The state government had provided salary in full scale to 10,691 teachers and nearly 7,000 computer teachers from 2012 onwards, but left 1,400 employees working on non-teaching posts. This is injustice. All these employees are working on contract basis at very meagre salaries,” he said.
“We have met various authorities around 10 times, but except assurances we have received nothing,” said union general secretary Ashish Julaha.
“In many states, the services of non-teaching employees have been regularised but in Punjab, the government is paying no heed to requests of employees. Rules should be same for everyone. If teaching employees are provided full scale, we also deserve the same,” he said.
“We will hold a state-wide protest before Diwali to pressurise the state government to fulfill our demands,” he added.