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Teachers block road to demand pension

Members of the Aided Schools All Employees’ Union held a protest and blocked traffic at Bharat Nagar Chowk and near the Mini Secretariat for about half an hour on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: March 28, 2009 3:24:44 am

Members of the Aided Schools All Employees’ Union held a protest and blocked traffic at Bharat Nagar Chowk and near the Mini Secretariat for about half an hour on Friday.

Chamkaur Singh,general secretary of the union,said: “The state government did not fulfil its promise of starting a pension fund for teachers,principals and staff of government-aided private schools.”

According to Singh,all the employees who retired between 1987 and 2003 are getting the pension. In 2003,the pension scheme was scrapped by the then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Later,the BJP-Akali alliance had promised to restart the scheme in its election manifesto “On March 24,we met CM Parkash Singh Badal and reminded him of the promise. But he returned us empty-handing citing lack of funds. The state government also has to give us our share of the Common Provident Fund,which amounts to over Rs 70 crore,” said the general secretary.

There are about 2,053 affected employees in the state,who are eagerly awaiting their pension.

The protestors said they will hold another rally in Bathinda before the Lok Sabha elections if their demands are not met.

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