The protesters were demonstrating against the regularisation policy for 8,886 teachers of Adarsh schools, SSA and RMSA.
Ten people were injured on Sunday as police lathicharged a group of teachers that was marching towards Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s residence to protest against conditions for their regularisation, police said. A superintendent of police-rank officer was also injured in the melee as police tried to disperse the protesters who wanted to gherao Singh’s residence, they said. The protesters were demonstrating against the regularisation policy for 8,886 teachers of Adarsh schools, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). Police also used water cannons to disperse the protesters. The protesters had gathered near the Patiala bus stand where barricades had been erected to stop them, the police said. However, as they insisted on marching ahead, towards the chief minister’s residence here, a scuffle broke out between protesters and police personnel, they said. The teachers, most of whom are contractual employees, were protesting against a condition for their regularisation. According to the condition, the contractual teachers will have to work at a monthly salary of nearly Rs 15,000 for three years before being regularised in their jobs. Some teachers alleged that the state government has stopped paying salaries to the SSA and RMSA teachers for not accepting.
Badal condemns lathi charge on teachers
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday condemned the brutal lathicharge on teachers in Patiala when they were proceeding to gherao the residence of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Terming the act as murder of democracy, the SAD president said the lathi charge on teachers coupled with use of high pressure water canons was reminiscent of the rule of an arrogant and dictatorial Raja. Expressing sympathies with those injured in the brutal police action, Badal said it was shocking that woman teachers had been handled in such an inhuman manner. “It seems the government wanted to teach a lesson to teachers for trying to gherao the residence of the CM. It is is why no attempt was made to address their concerns and instead they were manhandled to crush their democratic protest”. Meanwhile SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia while condemning the police action on protesting teachers on the occasion of Basant Panchmi, said the voice of democracy could not be muzzled in this fashion. He urged youth across the State to show solidarity with the striking teachers of Adarsh schools, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). He also demanded immediate registration or criminal cases against all police officials who had manhandled woman teachers. We cannot tolerate those who are moulding our future generations to be treated in this manner”, he added.