Around 1,000 teachers from all parts of Punjab on Sunday gathered in the city and protested against the state government,demanding regularisation of their jobs.
The teachers from the primary and upper primary segments have been waiting for the regularisation of their jobs since their appointment from 2004 to 2009 and some of them have not even received their salaries for the past 2-3 months.
The teachers first gathered at Dana Mandi and then raised slogans against the state government and proceeded towards GT Road,which they blocked for almost four hours.
A heavy police force was seen on duty barricading the area,but unlike in previous incidents,the protest remained peaceful and no violence was reported.
Ajmer Aulakh,Punjab president of Shiksha Provider Teachers Union,talking to Newsline,said,We are more than 7,400 teachers who were appointed from 2004 to 2009 and even after so many years we are waiting for regularisation of our jobs. After so many years of appointment government is asking us to clear TET exam (Teachers Eligibility Test) to get regularisation. We want exemption from TET and regularisation of our job.
He added that several meetings with education minister Sikander Singh Maluka and CM Parkash Singh Badal were unfruitful and if their demands are not met,protests will continue all over the state.
The teachers who started protest at around 3 pm lifted it only after around four hours,after getting assurance from the district administration of a meeting with the CM. The deputy commissioner was not available today but we have been assured of a meeting with the CM in this week. If meeting does not happen,agitation will continue, said Aulakh.