Duty calls, tradition beckons; Ludhiana teachers rue working on Karva Chauth

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2016 12:36 IST

A total of 100 female teachers observing fast on the occasion of Karva Chauth have been deputed to display themes/ items relevant to traditional Punjabi culture for the rich heritage exhibition to be held at multipurpose hall of Guru Nanak Stadium on Wednesday.

The teachers have been directed to reach the hall at 9am, with no exemption to anyone.

Two nodal officers of principal cadre each from the seven tehsils of the district have been asked to reach the multi-purpose hall to check the arrangements. Five each students from 62 government schools will accompany their teachers to the venue for displaying the heritage items.

However, the female teachers observing fast are not happy with the assigned duty. A teacher requesting anonymity said, “I have been working in a government school for the last 10 years but the authorities have never delegated us any duty on Karva Chauth. If I reach the venue at 9am, I need at least five to six hours to display the items and that means I can reach home after 4pm only. It will be very difficult to stay hungry till 4 pm. I have to attend the karva chauth puja at 3pm, but now I will do it after reaching home.”

Another teacher, who wished not to be named said, “Mostly girl students are accompanying their teachers for the event and that is why female staff is deputed by the education department. The higher authorities were aware about this occasion beforehand, despite that we were asked to work today.”

When asked, the director public instructions (secondary) Balbir Singh Dhol said, “This festival was scheduled to be held on October 3 but was later postponed to October 19 and 20. So for the teachers, we will make special arrangements for food and water. As soon as the teachers finish their work they can go home.”

Pottery, gramophone, old musical instruments, dresses and ornaments, kitchen with old utensils, furniture, charkha and traditional home set up will be displayed in the exhibition.

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