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Contractual teachers hold protest, block road in Bathinda

The teachers recruited under education guarantee scheme (EGS), alternative innovative education (AIE) and as special trainers (STR) on Sunday staged a protest by blocking a road, while two of them climbed the roof a private school at the Hanuman Chowk and one poured petrol on and threatened to immolate himself. They were demanding regularisation of their services.

punjab Updated: Oct 24, 2016 16:02 IST
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Protesting teachers, recruited under EGS, AIE and STR schemes, stopping vehicles at the Hanuman Chowk.
Protesting teachers, recruited under EGS, AIE and STR schemes, stopping vehicles at the Hanuman Chowk.(HT Photo)

The teachers recruited under education guarantee scheme (EGS), alternative innovative education (AIE) and as special trainers (STR) on Sunday staged a protest by blocking a road, while two of them climbed the roof a private school at the Hanuman Chowk and one poured petrol on and threatened to immolate himself. They were demanding regularisation of their services.

The teachers, protesting under the banner of the Shaheed Kiranjit Kaur EGS, AIE, STR Teachers’ Union, started the protest by blocking the busy Hanuman Chowk in the afternoon. Meanwhile, two of the protesters Nishant Kumar from Kapurthala and Samarjit Singh from Mansa climbed atop the school. Nishant poured petrol on himself and threatened to immolate himself.

Nishant said that they are working at meagre salaries for the past two years and, despite their repeated requests, for regularising of their services, the state government wasn’t listening to them. Earlier, the union blocked both the road lanes but cleared one lane after persuasion by the administration. The protest was on ill late in the evening.

A teacher threatening immolation after climbing on the roof of a school in Bathinda on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Sub-divisional magistrate, Bathinda, Anmol Singh Dhaliwal, said that they were trying to schedule a meeting of protesters with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal as per their demand and are convincing them to lift the protest. The teachers were recruited after a protest by the union in February 2014 before Lok Sabha polls in which a 14- month-old girl child Eknoor Kaur ‘Rooth’ had died after the administration allegedly snatched quilts from protesters during a cold night.

ETT, TET pass jobless teachers block Badal road

Elementary teachers training (ETT) and teacher’s eligibility test (TET) pass teachers blocked the Bathinda-Badal village road on Sunday demanding their recruitment against the vacant posts. The protesters, who have been protesting atop a water works tank in Jai Singh Wala village near here for the past 155 days, also joined the blockade. A heavy police force was deployed at site. The protester are demanding recruitment of teachers of their cadre against 2,705 vacant posts.