Guest lecturers threaten to mar ruling party's chances in Lok Sabha polls
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the guest faculty lecturers' union has decided to hit vote bank of the state's ruling party from classrooms if their demands are not met.punjab Updated: Jan 27, 2014 23:28 IST
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the guest faculty lecturers' union has decided to hit vote bank of the state's ruling party from classrooms if their demands are not met.
Demanding regularisation of around 50 teachers from 47 colleges for a long time, the union members on Monday protested against the state government and blocked the road opposite to mini-secretariat, Bathinda. All the protesting teachers were detained by the police and taken to Sangat police station at around 2pm. No case was registered against the protesters till the filing of this report.
The protesting teachers wanted to meet deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during his sangat darshan on Monday but were detained by the police. The teachers have decided to motivate students to vote against the ruling Badals.
Deepak Kaushal, a union member, said, "Students listen more to their teachers than parents and our students are just a call away. Even now they are supporting us. If our demands are not met we will go to classrooms and vote bank of the ruling party will get affected during the Lok Sabha elections."
Union's state president Harminder Singh said, "Today, there are around 900 teachers from 47 different government colleges on road protesting against state government. In every college, more than 50% teachers are guest lecturers."
About their demands, he said, "In 2011, the cabinet passed a decision on basic pay and continuity of lecturers. After two years, we are given only assurances."
"After the cabinet meeting, salaries of part-time teachers were hiked to `40,000 per month where as we are getting `7000 to 10,000. Why this step-motherly treatment?" said the union president.
Another member of the union, Gulshandeep Kaur said, "As per UGC guidelines, a college has to pay a minimum of `25,000 to a teacher. They have strictly mentioned that if any college cannot pay this amount they can shut their college."
"The deputy chief minister said 'dekhane' (Let's see), which shows that he is least bothered about teachers," said Reeta Aggarwal, one of the protesters.