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For a change, Govt allows teachers in Srinagar to approach Div Com
11/22/2015 12:03:59 AM
Majid Nabi

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Nov 21: In a surprise move, authorities on Saturday provided safe passage to the protesting teachers to present a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir with regards to their charter of demands including regularization of ReTs.
Led by senior JCC leader, Abdul Qayoom Wani, hundreds of teachers affiliated to Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF), this afternoon gathered outside the office of Directorate School Education and started marching towards DivCom's office to present a memorandum.
It is worth mentioning that police for the first time did not meet head-on with the protesting teachers and instead provided them a safe passage to register their protest.
Amid sloganeering the protesters peacefully reached TankiPora which houses the offices of Divisional and Deputy Commissioners and presented a memorandum to press for their demands.
The protesters set December 7 'deadline' to the government to fulfil their pending demands including regularization of ReTs and immediate release of salaries. Talking to reporters Chairman JKTF, Abdul Qayoom Wani threatened decisive protests in all three regions including Jammu, Kashmir and Leh, Ladakh in case the government failed to meet their demands within the stipulated time period.
"We have set a December 7 deadline for the government to consider our legitimate demands, in case of any failure on the part of the government we will devise a decisive protest program which will unnerve the entire system," Wani said.
Wani said that government must release the pending salaries of teachers forthwith and regularize all ReTs in a time bound manner.
Wani said that the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar gave a patient hearing to their grievances and assured that the demands will be forwarded to the government forthwith.
"Our protest was also aimed to highlight the dictatorial circulars of the government issued in sheer violation of the High Court orders, how far is this genuine to challenge the court rulings vis-à-vis examinations," he claimed. On being asked about the ban imposed by the government on private tuition centers, He said "government by issuing such orders is pushing our children to Stone Age; our teachers are smart enough to shape up the future of our coming generations,"
He said that the government other than imposing ban on private tuition centers should take some firm steps against the exploitation of teachers.
"Why don't they ban exploiting teachers for political gains, teachers have been assigned for election duties, construction works, they are working as cooks at Midday Meal centers. Government should seriously ponder upon these things rather than banning teacher's private practice," claimed Wani.
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