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Demanding regular jobs, teachers take out rally 

Patiala, August 5

Teacher unions under the banner of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha took out a protest rally against the state government here on Sunday. They were angry over the delay in fixing their meeting with CM Capt Amarinder Singh.The protesters alleged that the Education Minister had backtracked from their demands that included regularisation of services of volunteers and service-providing teachers on full pay scales. They were also demanding the revocation of the suspension of five teachers, who were suspended after a protest in Amritsar.The protest march started from two entry points of the city to reach the CM’s house. Teachers from 11 districts in the Malwa region gathered at Parmeshwar Dwar Gurdwara near Sheikhupura village on the Patiala-Sangrur road, while teachers from 11 districts of the Doaba and Majha regions gathered at the Patiala Grain Market on the Sirhind road. Both factions marched towards the CM residence, but the police diverted their march.Later, both factions gathered in front of Thapar University where they staged a sit-in for an hour. People had to face a lot of inconvenience as most of the entry points of the city were not only barricaded but also shut during the protest.The Chief Minister had held talks with the members of the union at his residence on April 28. But their major demands were put on hold due to the Shahkot bypolls. Subsequently, their meeting was scheduled for June 4, but it was postponed to later dates.However, the protesting teachers called off the stir after they were assured of a meeting with the Chief Minister scheduled for August 13. Davinder Singh Poonia, state convener of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha, said, “Regularisation of contractual teachers will be our top priority. We are hopeful that our demands will be considered by the CM.”

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