Teachers burn govt effigy at protest rally in Bathinda

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2016 20:21 IST
TET pass teachers burning effigies of Punjab government in Bathinda on Sunday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

Members from all teachers’ unions held a protest under the banner of joint Teachers’ Front (JTF) at the mini-secretariat here and burnt the effigy of Punjab government on Sunday.

They were demanding regular jobs for those employed on contract basis and release of pending salaries.

State committee member of the JTF, Jagsir Sahota, said Punjab government was not sincere in accepting the demands of employees. “The government has retracted from its written promises time and again, so, teachers across Punjab staged protests in all district headquarters under the banner of JTF,” he said.

Another JTF leader Harjeet Singh Jeeda said they wanted that services of teachers working under various projects and schemes on contract basis should be regularised and pending salaries be released. “The government has not released the arrears of dearness allowance to the employees. The teachers also demand recognition of degrees of other state universities at the time of promotions and also remove the condition of annual confidential report of five years at the promotion time and formation of new pay commission,” he said.

The JTF leaders announced that if the government didn’t act on their demands, a mega protest rally would be held in Bathinda on February 7.

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