Vocational Trainers continue protest, allege harassment by VTPs

Vocational Trainers protesting at Jammu on Wednesday. — Excelsior/Rakesh
Vocational Trainers protesting at Jammu on Wednesday. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 10: Continuing their protest for the 10th consecutive day today, Vocational Trainers held a protest demonstration, here today demanding job policy and career growth for them.
Protesting under the banner of J&K Vocational Trainers Association, they were also demanding salary hike, regular increments, service byelaws, equal pay for equal work and an end to contract system.
They alleged that Vocational Training Partners (VTP companies) were over exercising the powers vested in their hand illegally and unethically. These VTPs are harassing the Trainers and threatening them to terminate their services, they said and appealed Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to personally look into their issues and address the same.
Shouting slogans and carrying banners, the protesting Vocational Trainers lamented that there was career growth for them. “We are teaching Vocational Education in Govt High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools since 2016 but there is no career growth, salary hike, service rules, job policy for us,” they said and demanded equal pay for equal work.
The protesting Vocational Trainers vowed to continue their ongoing protest to a logical conclusion and threatened to further intensify the stir if Government does not consider their demands for positive action.