The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed two leaders of the unemployed ETT-pass teachers’ union of Punjab to appear before it on Thursday, in relation to some of the jobless teachers climbing towers to register protest.
The order was passed after the state government questioned their motive and two of the amicus curaie (impartial advisers), Tanu Bedi and Jagmohan Bhatti, failed to submit details of issues for which they are agitating. The duo also told the court that those on towers were approached but have refused to come down unless the get concrete proposal for jobs.
Union leaders Kamal Thakur and Amarjeet Kamboj have been asked to appear, while the court also asked the amicus curaie to submit arguments on behalf of the agitators by Thursday as Bedi told the court that the data being supplied by them on vacancies and merit list was unverifiable and she needed time to get it authenticated.
The government had argued that the union leaders should be summoned as even after court taking up the matter on almost daily basis, they were shying away from coming forward. The government claimed that those sitting on mobile towers were being misguided by the union leaders.
The recruitment process is underway and to compile figures related to vacant posts, reserved posts and other related data, the state will need 2-3 weeks, the court was told.
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 women were joining them.
The protesters have alleged that government is resorting to dilly-dallying tactics and has been giving only assurances for the past several months.
The two protesters, who are still staying put on a tower in Sector 3 in Chandigarh, 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.