Senior Akali leader Sardar Bikram Singh Majithia today came out strongly in support of the agitating teachers who have been protesting the government’s decision to drastically slash their salaries at the time of regularisation of contractual teachers’ services. The Akali leader said that the teachers demand for protecting their pay at the time of regularisation of those on contractual assignment is fully justified.
Mr Majithia accused the government of buying out the loyalty of Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira and his Aam Admi Party by arranging a clean chit for him in order to withdraw the cases registered against him while it was adopting a policy of dangerous and destructive vendetta against teachers in whose hands the destiny of our children rests”
But, said the Akali leader, the poor and defenseless teachers, who have been working day and night to shape the destiny of our children, have been made the target of government’s vengeful policy by booking them on serious charges simply because they were exercising their democratic right to agitate peacefully for the fulfillment of their legitimate demands. The fact is that the Congress government needs Mr. Khaira and Mr. Mann while it clearly considers the teachers “utterly useless for them” ,” said Mr Majithia in a statement here this evening.
It may be recalled that Members of various teachers’ associations, including Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Computer Teachers’ Union Punjab, Mid-day Meal Officers’ Employees Union, Government Adarsh and Model School Employees’ Union are agitating in support of their demand for regularization alongwith pay protection. Thousands of the agitating teachers have been booked on cooked up charges under various clauses by the government.