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Police foil teachers’ Raj Bhawan march in Srinagar

Srinagar, Sep 23: Police on Sunday used force to thwart teachers’ march towards Governor Satya Pal Malik’s official residence Raj Bhawan here.

Hundreds of teachers had assembled at Partap Park Srinagar under the banner of JK Teachers Forum and were protesting against government’s failure to implement 7th pay commission for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and head teachers in schools.

 

The protesting teachers are also demanding de-linking of their salary from MHRD funds.

As the protesting teachers began to march on MA road in protest, police deployed at the spot swung into action and dispersed the protesting teachers by using colored water cannon on them.

Also, dozens of protesting teachers including union leaders were bundled in a police vehicle and lodged at Kothi  Bagh Police station.

 

Teachers to protest in Delhi today

Press Trust of India

Jammu, Sep 23: Over 250 teachers from Jammu and Kashmir will stage a sit-in at Jantar Mantar here on Monday to bring the Centre’s attention on their demand seeking benefits of the 7th pay commission.

Agitating under the banner of Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC), the protesters began an indefinite hunger chain strike in Jammu on August 30 and Kashmir on September 3 demanding benefits of the pay commission be given to the 41,000 teachers who were regularised after five years of service.

“We are going for a sit-in protest in Delhi tomorrow… Our protest has failed to attract the attention of the (Jammu and Kashmir) Governor (Satya Pal Singh),” Kuldeep Singh, provincial president of TJAC, an amalgam of various teachers’ organisations, said.

Over 250 teachers would stage the protest in Delhi to “wake up” the Union government and catch its attention, Singh added.

“The protest in Delhi is part of the programme chalked out by us and if our demand is not met, we will be forced to close down all schools across the state. We do not want the students to suffer but we have no other alternative,” he said further.

Braving incessant rains, scores of teachers staged a protest demonstration at the Exhibition Crossing here and urged the Governor to consider their demand without any further delay.