Members of unemployed teachers’ unions, including those who have cleared ETT and TET, on Sunday tried to break the police barricade near the local residence of Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla while cops pushed the protesters back, causing injuries to four protesters.
After a struggle of around 10 to 15 minutes, 19 protesters succeeded in crossing the barricade while cops denied using sticks on them.Members of the unions first gathered in front of the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner’s office and then marched towards the residence of the minister. When they tried to break the police barricade, both sides pushed each other.
“The Punjab Government has been considering Bed-pass aspirants also for ETT posts. This is injustice with us and we will not tolerate it at any cost. The government must consider only ETT-pass youth for ETT posts,” said Deepak Kamboj, president of the ETT and TET Pass union.
The protesters also rejected the offer of the Sangrur administration to organise their meeting with the government authorities on February 24. They left for Bhawanigarh to organise a ‘poll khol’ rally to convince residents to vote against the Congress in the forthcoming nagar council elections.
Computer staff take out state-level rally
Computer teachers, under the banner of Computer Adhyapak Union, Punjab, held a state-level rally in Sangrur. They took out a protest march to Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla’s house, seeking merger with the department. “After regularisation, we’re still working under a society. Our meetings with Singla and other authorities have failed to get the desired result,” said a protester.