Hundreds of teachers appointed under schemes of Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan,Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) gathered in the city on Sunday and raised slogans against the state government for more than three hours.
The protest that started at 4.30 pm and ended around 7.35 pm at Jalandhar Bypass after Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh assured the teachers of a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on May 31 to discuss the release of arrested teachers and a discussion on regularisation and release of salaries of CSS teachers at the Cabinet meeting of May 28.
The teachers protest saw more than 300 policemen present at Jalandhar bypass with foolproof barricading of the whole area. Raising the slogans,hundreds of teachers started moving towards the national highway but were stopped by the police. They finally sat on the road near Dana Mandi,blocking the way.
It was in the middle of the protest that state president of union Didar Singh and district president Baldev Singh were called for a meeting with Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh,and the protest was called off around 7.35 pm.
Talking to Ludhiana Newsline,Aman Singh,press secretary of the SSA,RAMSA,CSS Teachers Union,said: Our two major demands are the release of those 138 teachers arrested in Bathinda protest of May 1 and May 5 and release of salaries of CSS teachers pending for past 14 months and regularisation of their jobs. Till both demands are met,protests will continue in Punjab.
However,the three-hour protest went off peacefully unlike earlier protests when the police had to resort to lathicharge to control the protesting teachers.