Police foil teachers' Raj Bhawan march, several detained

As the protesting teachers tried to march towards Raj Bhawan, the policemen deployed at the spot swung into action and thwarted their march.

SYED RIWZAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 23 2018 11:01PM | Updated Date: Sep 23 2018 11:01PM
Police foil teachers' Raj Bhawan march, several detainedPhoto: Aman Farooq/GK

Police on Sunday used force to thwart teachers’ march towards Raj Bhawan here.

Hundreds of teachers and employees associated with Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC) staged a massive protest at Pratap Park against the government’s failure to implement 7th pay commission for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters. The protest was organized under the banner of TJAC.

As the protesting teachers tried to march towards Raj Bhawan, the policemen deployed at the spot swung into action and thwarted their march.

As the teachers resisted, the police used water-canons to stop teachers from marching towards Raj Bhawan.

Also, dozens of protesting teachers including TJAC leaders were bundled in a police vehicle and lodged at Kothi  Bagh Police station. However all were released later.

Meanwhile, President TJAC Abdul Qayoom Wani said they had organized the protest to press for the demand of SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA master for release of their monthly salary as per the benefits of 7th pay commission.

“Five months have passed but the government has not taken any initiative for implementation of 7th pay commission for these SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters.  Their salaries have not been de-linked from MHRD funding as well,” he said.

Wani appealed, Governor Satya Pal Malik, advisors, chief secretary, secretary school education department to take concrete measures to provide 7th pay commission benefits for these teachers and de-linking of salary from MHRD.

Wani said they expect that committee headed by the finance secretary will make early recommendations for de-linking of salaries of SSA Teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters  from the erstwhile central flagship scheme.

“We are sure that the new Governor would have discussed the issue with concerned authorities. We appeal him for immediate resolution of issue as per the aspirations of the teaching community,” he said.

Referring to the discussion held with advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie on Saturday, Wani said the ongoing hunger strike of teachers is justified for the implementation of the legimate right of 7th pay commission which is a part of salary and for restoration of honour and dignity of the teaching fraternity.

"There is no justification to deny the 7th Pay Commission to the SSA teachers ,head teachers and RMSA masters who have been regularised  by a transparent process  and are getting the benefits of 6th pay commission besides time bound promotions and regular increments," he said.

He said that TJAC will continue its chain hunger strike till the government issues a formal order for implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of the affected teaching fraternity.

TJAC president Wani however condemned the police action on peaceful demonstration of teachers. "Our genuine and justified struggle will continue till the issues will be resolved. TJAC never believes in confrontation and prefers resolution of issues by negotiations but government not paying any heed towards our demands has forced us to hit the streets,” Wani added.   

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