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150 protesting teachers detained in Bathinda

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, May 05, 2013
First Published: 21:18 IST(5/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:19 IST(5/5/2013)

Protesting against the state government demanding the release of their salaries for the past 13 months, teachers from across the state gathered here on Sunday to stage a protest, but were detained before they could reach the venue.

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Having received no salaries for the past many months, the teachers, who were recruited under the Centre-Sponsored Scheme (CSS), wanted to protest opposite the mini-secretariat.

On Thursday also, the teachers had protested in favour of their demands, following which the police had detained around 50 of them, including women.

On Sunday, the police detained around 150 teachers before they could reach the mini-secretariat. The police rounded up all the protesters and detained them.

Till the filing of the report, no FIR was registered but the police officials claimed that soon a case would be registered against all detained protesters, around 150 in number.

Around 500 CSS teachers have been teaching at government schools across the state without any salaries.

Teachers' union state adviser Harpreet Jeeda said, "The police have already arrested 84 teachers and sent them to the Faridkot jail; among them 43 are women. The teachers are hard up as they have got no salaries. Despite this the teachers have been teaching the students at their own expense. For months, we have been demanding the release of our salaries, regularisation of jobs and implementation of regular payscales, but the state government has not bothered. On Sunday, the police beat us up and arrested around 200 teachers for protesting peacefully and in a democratic way."

The CSS was closed by the Centre around two years ago, but under the scheme, the state government is responsible for these teachers.

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