Demanding recruitment for master cadre posts, teachers’ eligibility test (TET) pass unemployed teachers blocked Bathinda- Patiala national highway for more than five hours and climbed up on a water reservoir tank at Lehra Dhurkot village of this district on Sunday.
BEd TET pass unemployed teachers union (BTPUTU) had called a state level protest rally at Children’s Park on Sunday. The Bathinda police had made arrangement to spoil the rally and started checking busses, cars and other vehicles from early morning at every entrance point of the city.
BTPUTU state chief Raghvir Singh Bhawanigarh said that police arrested over 200 unemployed teachers before they even reached the rally spot. The police arrested those unemployed teachers from various entry points of the city to fail the protest rally.
The unemployed teachers then assembled at water supply office at the village. About 50 unemployed teachers climbed up on the water reservoir tank and other blocked the Bathinda-Patiala national highway. The protesters raised slogans against Punjab government and sat on ‘Dharna’ on road.
Bhawanigarh said, ‘‘Punjab government is just lingering on promises of recruitments of more than 1.25 lakh posts. We are demanding to increase the announced posts from 6,050 to 20,000, but government is not listening to us. Today’s action was to send our voice to deaf ears of the government.”
Bhawanigarh added that government has invited the applications for recruitment of 6,050 master cadre posts and announced to take a subject test for recruitment in November 2015, but till now, the government has not announced the date of subject test. The government should announce the test date as soon as possible.
State vice president of BTPUTU, Vikas Garg Rampura said that from year 2011 to 2015, more than 20,000 BEd pass candidates have cleared TET, but now the government has announced to fill only 6,050 posts, the posts should be increased to 20,000.
Garg added, ”The government has announced to fill master cadre and Elementary teachers (ETT) posts at the same time, the process of recruitment of ETT posts is near to completion as the government has completed the counseling of candidates, but for master cadre, even the date of subject test has not been announced yet. We are demanding to complete the recruitment process soon.”
Later, the protesters came down from tank and also opened the road blockade after getting assurance from representatives of district administration for panel meeting of union leaders with Punjab chief minister.