The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday took suo motu note of unemployed ETT teachers of Punjab climbing mobile towers as a mark of protest in Chandigarh.
The petition was initiated by justice Daya Chaudhary, who had shown her concern over the reports in media that some youths were sitting on these towers for the past several days and even woman protesters were joining them. But the administration had not been able to bring them down. She had written to the chief justice, requesting him to take up the matter.
As the hearing began on Wednesday morning, justice SS Saron and justice Lisa Gill sought a report immediately from the Chandigarh administration and Punjab. Later in the afternoon, the court asked a station house officer (SHO) Poonam Dilawari of UT to get in touch with union members of these youths and ask them to join hearing in court.
However, the Punjab government submitted that a meeting was scheduled between the ETT union and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on November 26. It argued that a detailed report would be submitted later but these protesters should not be encouraged.
Later, ETT union member Renu Sidana joined the hearing in the afternoon and apprised the court that there were 6,500 vacancies of ETT teachers. The government advertised 4,500 posts in 2015, but later withdrew it and again came out with an advertisement of 3,500 posts. Subsequently, it announced to increase the posts by 1,000. The government was changing stand from time to time to favour a few, she alleged.
Later, the court asked her to impress upon her fellow protesters to climb down and further asked government to it about the issue and submit a report on the proposed meeting between Badal and union members on November 28.
The HC also asked the protesters to come down and observed that they should start talks with the administration and not take law into their own hands.
The two protesters, who are still staying put on a tower in Sector-3, had climbed on November 3. The other batch, including two women and a man, had earlier climbed a tower on a private property on November 17, but they have now been brought down.