Members of unemployed teachers’ body on Monday climbed up at a water works tank at Jai Singh Wala village of Bathinda and demanded recruitment to fill vacant government teachers’ posts in the state.
Nearly 100 members of ETT (Elementary teachers’ training)TET (Teachers eligibility test) Pass Unemployed Teachers Union gathered at water works on 10.30 am on Monday and about 20 of them went to the top of the water tank along with petrol filled bottles and match stick boxes and started raising slogans against Punjab government from the tank.
Union member, Amarjeet Kamboj said that the Punjab government has started the recruitment process of ETT teachers’ posts, but the number of posts announced was very less as compared to the number of TET pass candidates. There were more than 14,000 vacant posts for ETT teachers in government schools but the government advertised about only 4,500 ETT posts.
Kamboj said that there were about 8,500 candidates, who are eligible for the posts, so the government should increase the number of posts to match that figure.
Kamboj also raised the issue of Punjab domicility and said that government should fix the quota for other state candidates up to 5%.
The protesters also demanded that those candidates have applied multiple times and under different categories should be considered once only.
Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and residents of nearby villages gave support to the agitation and provided meals to the protesters.
Sub divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Bathinda, Anmol Singh Dhaliwal said that he was not aware of the protest.