Temporary teachers seek continuation of services

Nayeem Rather

Srinagar: Temporary teachers Tuesday held a protest against the government’s decision to terminate the services of contractual employees.
The teachers assembled at the Press Enclave here under the banner of Jammu Kashmir Temporary Teachers Association (JKTTA) and held a demonstration.
“The government is indifferent towards our demands and is playing with future of thousands of temporary teachers,” JKTTTA president Kaiser Yousuf said.
The protesting teachers accused the government of provoking educated youth to take to the streets.
“We belong to the poor families and we have burned midnight oil to study but the way government is treating us, it looks like we have wasted our lives by studying,” said Muneer Ahmed Mir, a temporary teacher.
“The government doesn’t seem bothered about addressing the premature discontinuation of highly qualified youth including 112 PhD holders,” said Bilal Ahmed, another temporary teacher.
As the protesting teachers refused to disperse, police used force to break up the demonstration and also detained several protesters.
Terming the police action as “revolting” Yousuf said that a “democratic government is using police violence against the peaceful protesters who demand justice in a democratic way ”
Pertinently, dozens of temporary teachers have gone on a hunger strike in the Jammu region in the last 10 days and have been demanding that the government revoked its policy of discontinuation.
“Many protesters who are on hunger strike have developed serious health complications and the government is not even concerned about it. If any of them develop serious complication, government will be responsible for that,” Kaiser said.
Under the cabinet order EDU482, 2014, 8000 temporary teachers were engaged by the state education department but their services were discontinued.
The discontinuation of temporary teachers had created uproar in the assembly with NC leaders Devender Singh Rana, Nazir Ahmed Gurazi and Ishfaq Ahmed Sheikh demanding a discussion on the issue in the assembly.
Last week, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed had ordered termination of services of all those employees who, after their retirement, were re-employed by previous Omar Abdullah government in various departments .
The Chief Minister also ordered that arrangements made by the different Departments/Public Sector Undertakings/ Boards/Autonomous Bodies under any scheme against any sanctioned posts without any selection procedure, even on Contractual basis, shall also cease to exist with immediate effect. Mufti had also ordered that any other engagements / arrangements made by the Departments, PSUs/ Boards/ Autonomous Bodies at their own level shall also be governed by the by the instructions .