Teachers hold parleys with CM, protest continues

The Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) teachers, who are demanding regularisation of their services, today held parleys with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Chak Fatehsingh Wala village in Bathinda district.

Chandigarh: The Education Guarantee Scheme
(EGS) teachers, who are demanding regularisation of their
services, today held parleys with Chief Minister Parkash Singh
Badal at Chak Fatehsingh Wala village in Bathinda district.

Members of the EGS Teachers Association are demonstrating
at Husnar chowk adjacent to the civil court at Gidderbaha
since November 29 demanding regularisation of their services
by the state government.

Also, a group of six EGS teachers, including four women,
are camping atop a water tank at Husnar village in Gidderbaha
constituency for the fourth successive day today, EGS teachers
association President Pritpal Singh said.

The group of six teachers are on a fast-unto-death on the
water tank even as district administration officials failed to
mollify them.

The EGS teachers held talks with the Chief Minister
during his sangat darshan programme today, Singh said.
Badal has assured them that their issue would be resolved
in a meeting with them at Chandigarh tomorrow, he said.

"But it appears to be mere assurance by the Chief
Minister... our protest will continue till we get something in
writing from him on the issue," he said.

With a few days to go before the imposition of the
election code of conduct in Punjab as Assembly polls are due
early next year, teachers are trying their best to put
pressure on the state government for a favourable
consideration to their demand.

The EGS teachers protest hogged the limelight after one
of their lady members was slapped in public by a village head
recently. The sarpanch was booked by police. He was later
bailed out.

PTI

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