Punjab

RMS Chhina Condemns Canon Charge and Lathicharge on Teachers at Patiala

Punjab Tribune Bureau | February 11, 2019 05:30 PM

AMRITSAR: BJP Senior Leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina today slammed the Congress government in the state for unprecedented canon charge and lathi-charge on protesting teachers at Patiala yesterday where many including women were injured. He called the use of the force as highly unjustified and unwarranted as the teachers were peacefully protesting to raise their demands.

The teachers are not being regularized and their just demands are being subjugated with force. Earlier the teachers were getting the good salaries but now those had been reduced which is ruining their families", said Chhina in a statement issued here.

He said that the protesting teachers who were struggling for their legitimate right were brutally beaten up by the police and the Congress government had been trying to suppress the voice of the common man with the power of lathi charge and water cannons attack.

He urged Captain Amarinder Singh government to review the Cabinet decision keeping in view the major financial difficulty which these employees are going to face. "The protest march was a part of the ongoing agitation against the various arm-twisting tactics used by the state government to force the teachers to join at a monthly salary of Rs 15,300. The police resorted to lathi-charge and used water cannons against the torch bearers of education in the State is really a shameful step", claimed Chhina.

Expressing his concern at the sad state of affairs, Chhina highlighted that all these teachers were serving in SSA, RMSA, Model and Adarsh Schools for a long time and were drawing a regular salary of Rs 40,000 to 45,000 per month. “Keeping in view their selection as well as their length of service, they are supposed to be regularized by the State Government, protecting their salary being drawn by them on the last day of their service.

It is totally unprecedented that the State Government has taken a harsh step to deduct about Rs 30,000 monthly from their salary on the pretext of regularizing their services. This is totally illegal and against the principle of natural justice,” said Chhina adding that the government is not treating Education as a priority action item

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