The union of job aspirants who have passed the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) last year, but still remain unemployed, held a protest rally at the Dana Mandi here on Sunday.
Joined by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Union, Bhartiya Kissan Union (Sidhupur, Dakaunda and Ugrahan factions) and the Khet Majdoor Union-Bathinda, members of the TET Pass Unemployed Teacher Union came from across Punjab. A large number of police personnel were deployed.
"We passed TET in June 2011, and went through job counselling too. But we haven't got appointment letters," said union president, Amandeep Singh Phool.
Ludhiana district president of the union, Deep Raja said that CM Badal had, on July 16, assured the union delegation that advertisements for recruitment of 5,000 new master-cadre posts would be issued within a week. "He ordered appointment letters for candidates who have gone through counselling for ETT and master-cadre posts. Nothing has been done so far," he added.
BKU activist Darshan Singh of Mandi Kalan in Bathinda rued that while farmers are selling land to educate their children, the government is "playing with the feelings of candidates".