Traffic comes to a halt in Patiala as teachers block ISBT rly overbridge for 5 hrs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2016 10:49 IST
Vehicles stuck on the Chandigarh road during the protest. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Traffic came to a standstill in the heart of the city as members of a teachers’ union blocked the railway overbridge opposite the inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) on Friday.

Raising slogans against the state government, members of the education granted scheme (EGS), alternative innovative education (AIE) and special trained (STR) teachers’ union sat on a dharna from 11am to 4pm, demanding regularisation of services of those working for past at least 13 years.

Commuters were stuck in a jam for a couple of hours, as the protesters refused to vacate the road. Police had to divert the traffic from the Khanda chowk towards Leela Bhawan and Barandari garden as the protest continued for five hours.

“The government had assured us that it would grant regular pay scale and regularise the services of teachers working for past 13 years, but nothing has happened to date,” said union president Mithu Khan.

After the teachers lifted the blockade, Khan said the subdivisional magistrate (SDM) had ensured them of arranging a meeting with officials concerned to resolve the issue on March 27. He said the teachers had been serving on contract basis since 2003, and although they were eligible to be regularised, no efforts were being made by the government. Khan said if the administration failed to arrange the promised meeting, they would again launch a protest.

SDM Gurpal Singh Chahal said protesters were demanding a meeting with the deputy chief minister over the issue of regularisation of their jobs. He said the matter was brought to the notice of senior officials, and the union’s demand letter was forwarded to the deputy commissioner.

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