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Government Aided School teachers Union to launch statewide stir in Punjab

Govt. Aided School Teachers Union of Punjab has decided to launch a statewide stir against the government over non-implementation of 5th pay commission for the teachers' working in these schools. This decision of launching the stir was taken at a state level Executive meeting. Ravinder Joshi , president of Fatehgarh Sahib unit of the Union said that inspite of repeated representations Punjab Govt. is lingering on this issue. He said that Security of Services Act 1979 ensures pay parity, never the less, govt. aided school teachers are in a very miserable condition and they have no option other than fighting for their genuine right.

He said the union has decided to organize a protest march towards Assembly staring from Kharar. He said the union has also decided to gherao the ministers during their visits in their constituencies.

Nakesh Jindal, president of Lala Lajpat Rai Sen. Sec. School Bassi Pathana said, since 2003, 2462 Govt aided school teachers have retired from their service and more than 100 expired during this period. Families of these retired teachers are living in very pitiable condition and finding it very difficult to make both ends meet. He said managements of Govt. aided schools of Punjab have strongly supported the teachers of these school for their cause. He said Akali and BJP led govt. during their elections in their election manifesto promised that all genuine demands of Govt. aided schools teachers would be fulfilled but no promise has ever been implemented.

Contributed by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Country: India
Date: September 26, 2010