Teachers protest demanding implementation of Transfer Policy

Teachers staging protest dharna in the office of CEO Poonch on Saturday.
Teachers staging protest dharna in the office of CEO Poonch on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
POONCH, June 29: Demanding implementation of Teachers/Masters Transfer Policy in Poonch, General Line teachers today protested at the office of Chief education Officer (CEO), Poonch here today.
Amid raising slogans, a number of General Line teachers, under the banner of All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation(AJKLTF) gathered inside the office of CEO Poonch and staged a protest dharna.
The Forum had already announced one-day protest demonstration in shape of sit in dharna as a mark of protest against the CEO’s `indifferent attitude’ to address their demand.
The protesting teachers, led by Mohinder Bali, District president, were demanding initiation of process of transfers of General Line teachers . They alleged that hundreds of General Line Teachers and Masters have been working in far flung areas for the past several years but the department has never initiated general transfers as per Teachers Transfer Policy despite repeated representations from the General Line teachers/Masters.
The teachers further alleged that CEO Poonch has been continuously befooling the teachers that he has not received any guidelines from the higher authorities regarding implementation of teachers’ transfers.
The sit-in-dharna lasted for three hours after which the CEO agreed to issue order to the ZEO to receive applications within weeks’ time from the teachers who want their transfers. He also directed ZEO to make a list of vacant posts and teachers who have completed three years of service in their present place of postings.
The Forum also highlighted some other important demands of Teachers and Masters and threatened to intensify their protest if CEO failed to resolve their issue.
Darshan Bharti, State vice president; Neetan Sharma, Vonod Bakshi, Amarjeet Singh, Mohd Shafiq and Gurvinder Singh spoke on the occasion.