To mark their protest against the state government for “not fulfilling its promises”, the members of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) Teachers' Union will stage a state-level protest rally in Ludhiana on June 15.
The union took this decision after a meeting at Government Senior Secondary School Jawahar Nagar camp on Sunday. The unions had earlier held a state-level rally in Ludhiana on May 26 and blocked the national highway for over two hours. However, they had ended their protest after the police assured them of a meeting with the chief minister on May 31.
The union members have been demanding the release of 138 teachers, who were arrested in Bathinda, and to rollback the cases registered against the teachers. They are also demanding that the government disburse salaries of the CSS Hindi teachers, who have been waiting for salaries since April 2012.
Deedar Singh Mudki, union state president, said the city police failed to conduct their meeting with the chief minister as promised. Therefore, they were going to stage a bigger protest rally on June 15 in Ludhiana, he added.
“But before the rally, we will educate the villagers on how the state government has betrayed us and not fulfilled the promises, which it made before the assembly elections,” Mudki said.
He further said, “The state government has made fake assurances with the employees of other departments and also with unemployed linemen. This government has not fulfilled its promises, including giving free plots to the poor, to recruit 5,000 linemen, to increase the salaries of PUNBUS employees, to provide free education to girls, among others.”
He said they would continue to protest until the government fulfilled their demands.