Hundreds of students of private unaided schools on Monday took out a protest march against the property tax proposed by the state government.
The protest march started from Durga Mata Mandir and concluded at the statue of martyrs at Jagraon Bridge. The students also raised slogans against the property tax.
The protest march was organised following the call by the Association of Private Unaided Schools of Punjab. The march was a firm protest against the tax policy on the private unaided schools of Punjab.
Students from around 25 CBSE schools, including KVM School, Green Land schools, BCM schools, BVM schools, Nankana Sahib Public School, Saraswati Modern School, Green Groove, GDS Convent School, Guru Nanak International Public School, GMT Public School and Springdale Public School, participated in the march.
Green Land Senior Secondary Public School chairman Rajesh Rudhra, who is also the president of the association, said it was only due to the labour of these private institutions that the standard of education was being maintained.
He said by burdening them with taxes, the government was trying to pull them down, and thus the protest by the students, teachers and managements of these schools.
“It is high time that the government understands that the property tax levied on schools will be an extra burden on the parents and students,” Rudhra added.
He further said, “This is the first step of retaliation, which has been initiated by the private unaided schools of Ludhiana. The association of these private unaided schools of Punjab (CBSE) will continue with such protests in various districts.”