Informalisation of occupational positions has brought precariousness in the lives of the workers with poor working conditions with rarely any benefits. Temporary teachers in the state of Punjab have been protesting outside the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) building in Mohali demanding the regularisation of their temporary positions and increment in their salaries for several weeks now.
Chandigarh police on Tuesday hurled teargas shells and employed water cannons to prevent school teachers from crossing the barricades put up on the Chandigarh-Mohali border, in their effort to reach Punjab CM Amarinder Singh’s official residence.
The teachers agitating under the banner of the Temporary Teachers’ Union were scheduled for a meeting with the Punjab education minister at 11 am on Tuesday but it was canceled by the side of the state citing unavoidable reasons.
Subsequently, the protecting teachers started to march towards the residence of the Punjab CM to get their demands heard and were then met with police action. The protesting teachers who were prevented by the police using force claimed to have sustained injuries. The protestors also raised slogans against the Congress-led Punjab govt.
The police action on the protesting teachers was condemned by opposition parties Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
‘This does not bode well for a democracy,’ Daljit Singh Cheema of SAD said, adding ‘before the 2017 polls the Congress party had promised the moon to government employees but now is not even ready to listen to their genuine grievances,’ India Today reported. ‘You had promised all contractual employees that you will regularise their services but have not fulfilled this promise till now’ he reportedly said.
The protesters have demanded that almost 13,000 teachers who have been teaching in the state for several years at temporary positions should be regularised without any condition. The Union representatives will be meeting the government official on Wednesday.