Police uses force as KGBV teachers hold candle march

KGBV teachers taking out candle march from Press Club in Jammu on Tuesday evening. -Excelsior/Rakesh
KGBV teachers taking out candle march from Press Club in Jammu on Tuesday evening. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb  23:  The police used force and  foiled  the peaceful candle march of  Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalya (KGBV) teachers,  sitting on hunger strike at Press Club for the last eight days.
The female KGBV teachers  hailing from various districts of  Kashmir and Jammu region who are sitting on protest dharna and  hunger strike at Exhibition Ground near Press Club Jammu, today on the 8th consecutive day of their agitation,  organised a candle  march this evening from Press Club.
All these lady teachers waging struggle for their regularization, as a part of their protest programme, took out torch light procession from the venue of protest dharna at around 7 pm. As they moved towards Dogra Chowk,  holding lighting candles in hands,  the police party including a large number of lady constables intercepted them and did not allow to move ahead.
The Police foiled their torch- light procession, forcing the protesting KGBV teachers to curtail their protest  pogramme at Dogra Chowk.  The police had also used force on them on Monday and foiled their march towards Raj Bhawan.
An agitating teacher Shveta Sharma told the Excelsior that  teachers planned to take out peaceful candle march but it is unfortunate that the Government instead of  listening  to the agitating teachers and resolving their issue is using force on them.  She said that  nearly 700 teachers were engaged by the State Education department  during 2005  under Centrally sponsored scheme,  in 99  schools  across the State  but these teachers were not regularized till date.
Meanwhile,  EJAC leader  Qayoom Wani  and Mymoon Khan, president of  All J&K KGBV Employees Association condemned the police action on the peaceful procession of teachers . They said that  Governor’s Administration was trying to gag the voice of the  agitating teachers  who are protesting democratically.  Ms Khan said that out of  total 693 teachers  appointed,  hardly 90 teachers have been regularized on pick and choose basis till now while all others have been ignored.  They were engaged on RET pattern and all of them have completed  the full term of  5 years. They are waiting for their regularization.

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