The khap panchayats' call to lock government schools in Haryana to protest the sacking of surplus guest teachers fizzled out on Tuesday.
In fact, the decision to support the teachers has left khap leaders divided as some of them are for the appointment of regular teachers to improve the standard of education in government schools.
The khap leaders could not lock the schools as the district administration and police had made elaborate security arrangements, including the imposition of prohibitory orders. The situation remained peaceful in the khap strongholds of Jind, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Bhiwani.
The Sarvjatiya Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat had last week decided to lock government schools in support of the guest teachers, who have been protesting since June 17.
Action after HC direction
The Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the Haryana government to take effective measures to thwart the protest by khap panchayats in support of surplus guest teachers, whose services have been terminated by the state government. The high court bench of justice Amit Rawal directed the state to ensure that no property was damaged by them. "In case no stringent measures are taken, the court would be constrained to act against officers responsible for not discharging their duties in maintaining law and order," the court stated in its judgment last week, upholding the termination of the surplus guest teachers.