A large number of teachers under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan from across ten districts of Punjab took to the streets in protest, blocking traffic in Bhatinda.
The teachers are demanding full pay following regularisation of their services. The Punjab Government had regularised over 8000 SSA and RMSA teachers on a consolidated pay package of Rs 15000 a month, for a probation of three years. However, most of these teachers who have been working for almost a decade were receiving up to Rs 40,000 a month. Naturally, they refused to accept the new package that offered less than half of what they were used to receiving.
However, the teachers who protested the move were transferred to remote areas and claim that they were troubled in many ways.
The protesting teachers, who gathered in thousands, first in front of the district administrative complex and then in front of the finance minister’s office, were joined by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta Ugrahan, BKU Dakonda, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, and many women activitists as well.