The police used mild lathicharge and water cannons to disperse the protestors. No one was reported hurt.
The Hush Post: More than 10,000 contractual government school teachers from all over Punjab today laid siege to the National Highway 1 in Ludhiana, choking the movement of traffic. The teachers were protesting the state government’s decision downsizing their salary.
The administration was caught unawares as the members of various teachers’ associations, including Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Computer Teachers’ Union Punjab, Mid-day Meal Officers’ Employees Union, Government Adarsh and Model School Employees’ Union, started pouring into Ludhiana. By noon over 10 thousand teachers had congregated in the city, arriving in buses, tempos, cars, bikes and tractors.
Police personnel in large numbers were soon deployed to control the crowd. The police used mild lathicharge and water cannons to disperse the protestors. No one was reported hurt.
The cash-strapped state government had recently decided to slash the salaries of teachers working in government schools on contract basis to one fourth of their present pay in order to induct them as permanent employees. A three-year probation period on the basic pay of Rs 10,815 for all contractual employees has been mooted to regularize their services.
Teachers recruited under Sarva Shikhsha Abhayan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhayan, Computer teachers and Adarsh School teachers at present are being paid salaries around Rs 30,000-45,000 per month.
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