JAMMU, Feb 23: Continuing their hunger strike and indefinite dharna for the last ten days, the agitating Plus 2 Contractual Lecturers have threatened to resort to extreme step if the Government does not respond to their demand for regularization.
Raising slogans in support of their demand for regularization, the protesting Contractual Lecturers urged the Government to come out with an assurance to frame an appropriate policy for regularization of their services. They alleged exploitation of the highly educated youth having Ph D, M Phil and PG degrees on nominal wages of Rs 7000 per month.
The protest dharna and hunger strike are being observed under the banner of All J&K Contractual Lecturers (10 Plus 2) Forum, near the Press Club Jammu.
Seeking regularization of the lecturers engaged on academic arrangements in the School Education Department, they are demanding inclusion of such lecturers within the ambit of Special Regularization Provisions Act of 2010. .” The callous and lackadaisical approach of the Government towards the lecturers has pushed us towards starvation and other miseries and we urge the Government to wake up from the deep slumber to take a serious cognizance of the anger of the youth which could otherwise prove disastrous in the coming days,” said Arun Bakshi, State president of the Forum.
He also mentioned about various Government orders and the court direction, supporting their claim for regularization.
On of the senior Contractual Lecturer, Vinod Kumar, who is on fast unto death since February 24, reiterated that he would continue the fast till Government concedes their demand. He has being joined by other members, who are observing chain hunger strike.