Thousands of teachers from across the state working under different government schemes took out a protest march in Bathinda. They claim that they have not been paid since December of last year.
The protest march was also intended to inform residents of their plight. Speaking over a loud speaker, Sparjhan John, general secretary of the SSA-RMSA union’s Faridkot district said, “We want to be regularised as over 14,000 teachers have been employed under SSA-RMSA since August 2008 and all of them are on contract. We have not been paid salaries since December, 2015 which shows the condition of the fiscal health of Punjab.”
Sarv Siksha Abhiyaan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyaan(RMSA) took out Kafila March from various villages of Bathinda district. Reason: teachers wanted to tell the villagers that they are unpaid since December 2015 while Punjab Government in Vidhan Sabha is claiming of good fiscal health. Apart from this, teachers also demanded to be put on regular jobs instead of keeping them on contract.
Primary school teachers earn over Rs 33,000 while those teaching in high schools earn approximately Rs 38,000. Teachers began their march from Lehra Bega and covered Lehra Khana, Chak Fateh Singh Wala and Bucho Mandi villages.
Harjeet Jeeda, the union’ general secretary said, “Everyone needs to know the fiscal health of the state and the claims of state government. Bathinda is den of the Badal family, we hope our protest reaches the government.”
Didar Singh Mudki, State President of SSA-RMSA teachers Union said, “It is a regular affair that we are given salary after months together. How can the standards of teaching be raised, when Government does not even consider important to pay them in time. This shows the sort of respect towards Education department.”