Agitating J&K teachers protest at Jantar Mantar

Teachers from J&K protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday.
Teachers from J&K protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 24: The agitating teachers for the 7th Pay Commission today held one- day protest demonstration cum hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
The protest was organized under the banner of Teachers Joint Action Committee and leadership of State president ReT Forum Vinod Sharma, Sukhdev Singh Sumbria, Gulzabir Daing Rajesh Jamwal and others.
While speaking on the occasion, Vinod Sharma said that 41000 regularized ReT Teachers and Masters in J & K have been deprived of 7th Pay Commission by J&K Government till date, even though more than 4.5 lakh employees of the State have been getting the 7th Pay Commission benefit since April this year.
“ As these ReT Teachers have been appointed by the State Government on ReT pattern vide SRO-396 Dated 28.04.2000 and regularized as General Line Teachers after completion of five years satisfactory ReT period and have already been provided with 6th Pay Commission benefit, annual increments, time bound promotions and all other benefits ,which the other teachers/employees of the State get time to time, the State Government is now creating un-necessary confusion over implementation of 7th Pay Commission for these 41000 Regularized ReT Teachers and Masters,” he said
He further said that the salaries of these teachers are not paid even monthly basis and they have to wait months together for the same due to which the families of these teachers are suffering badly as they are unable to provide proper food and clothing to their children and required medicines to their ailing parents.
Others, who spoke on the occasion, included Sukhdev Sumbria, Mahesh Kumar, Raj Kumar Dubey, Balwan Singh, Pankaj Verma, Surjeet Singh, Nasser Bhat, Ravinder Singh, Rajeet Singh, Vishal Dev Singh, Mohd Ashraf, Manoj Kumar, Hari Lal , Sahil Sambyal, Sham Singh, Pankaj Singh, Amit Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Anil Kumar, Vishal Sharma and Rajinder Sharma.
Meanwhile, the ongoing indefinite chain hunger strike by TJAC for implementation of 7th Pay Commission, at Press Club Jammu entered into 26th consecutive day whereas the same at Srinagar entered into 22nd consecutive day on Monday.