For Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, sitting on dharna may be the most effective way to get his demands fulfilled. But the same may not be true for guest teachers of Delhi government schools, many of whom have been sitting on dharna outside CM’s office for the last six days.
Braving the low temperatures in the capital, members of the All Guest Teachers’ Association have been going to the Delhi Secretariat for the last six days to demand regularisation of their jobs.
While Kejriwal came out to meet them on the first day of their protest, and even gave them verbal assurance that their demands would be looked into, it was not enough for these guest teachers.
Richa Goswami, who is one of the core members of the association, blames Kejriwal for duping those who supported him on issue of regularisation.
“It has been six days that we have been sitting outside CM’s office, demanding a written assurance. We do not leave at night. He has decided to go back on his words just like other politicians. The word ‘guest’ sounds abusive as we also give our time and efforts to the government schools. Our contract is expiring in May and all we want is a written assurance that we will not lose our jobs as promised by him at time of elections,” Goswami said.
The teachers said they wanted to go to Rail Bhawan too, to stage a protest against Kejriwal. But they said a police team was sent to stop them.
“We wanted to go and protest in front of Rail Bhawan. The government should get taste of its own medicine. Police personnel were sent to prevent us from going there. It has become difficult for common people like us to get the CM to listen to us,” association general secretary Avdesh said.