Around 200 agitating teachers of various government schools in Haryana, who were protesting against the non-payment of salaries by the private companies that hired them, called off their protest on Monday evening after the directorate of Secondary Education, Haryana accepted some of their demands.
Director, Secondary Education and Additional Secretary, School Education, Vivek Atray accompanied by Haryana Congress leader, Dharamveer Goyal met the teachers and offered them juice to break their fast. As many as 52 teachers were on indefinite hunger-strike, which had entered its eighth day on Monday.
“We have accepted the valid demands of the teachers. Their pending salaries will be released by Friday, through the principal of the school, and not through the private companies,” said Atray, while adding that the department is also considering the other demands of the teachers. The decision was taken in a meeting held at the Directorate of School Education, Sector 5.
“We have asked the teachers to submit a list of their other demands, following which we will follow the legal process, for all acts of the private companies which flouted the law. A suitable action will be taken by Friday,” he added.
The teachers were hired by private companies for teaching in government schools in August, 2013, after the Haryana government had outsourced the work of hiring them. Ever since, the teachers had been alleging financial exploitation by the companies, including non-payment of salaries, collection of illegal security amount, and demanded that they be absorbed in service by the Haryana Government.
“We have called off our protest, and are happy that finally our salaries will be released not through the private companies but by the government. However, we will wait till Friday, to see if these private companies are punished, and we are directly brought under state government,” said Suresh Nain, one of the Computer teachers. The teachers had stopped going to work since July 1.