A large number of ad hoc teachers working under different programmes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from different district of Punjab took out a protest march at Dana Mandi in Ludhiana on Monday.
Rallying under Sikhaya Provider Union, the teachers had also planned to block traffic on the Jalandhar bypass to press their demands, on which the Punjab government had assured before the assembly elections.
Carrying placards, teachers from different districts raised slogans against the Punjab government. However, the teachers did not block traffic as they were informed by officials about a meeting with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at 10.30am on July 3.
Assistant deputy commissioner of police-1 (ADCP) MS Dhesi, who was present at Dana Mandi, with a force of around 300 police personnel made Punjab president of the union Ajmer Singh Aulakh talk to DCP Ashish Chowdhary, who fixed the date and time for their meeting with the CM in order to stop the teachers from blocking traffic on the Jalandhar bypass.
Earlier, the members of the union did not relent as earlier also they were given the dates of the meeting, but till date no meeting took place with the CM.
Ajmer Singh said, "Earlier, when we carried out protest rallies in Patiala and Jalandhar, we were given the date of meeting with the CM on June 2. However, due to some reasons we were requested to postpone the meeting to June 7, to which we agreed."
He added that this time they wanted a written confirmation from the cops on duty. Therefore, to assure the teachers, the ADCP-1 himself announced about the meeting, the recording of which was done by every teacher sitting on the dharna site as a proof.
The ADCP also assured in his declaration that one of their police representatives would accompany the union members for the meeting in Chandigarh.
The union's president announced that if their meeting would not take place on July 3, they would gather at Dana Mandi to hold a protest dharna and a rally to block traffic on July 7.