By Suhail Punjabi
Jammu: Police on Thursday foiled a self immolation bid of a protester of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) near Press Club here.
The protesters were on hunger strike from the past 16 days over non-assurance from the government regarding their regularisation on pattern of Rehbar-e-Taleem (RET) teachers.
Mymoona Khan attempted self immolation by sprinkling petrol on her body but timely action of police present there saved her.
Scores of protesting teachers of KGBV led by President Mymoona Khan got agitated during the visit of Director of School Education Jammu to the venue. The protesters encircled the vehicle of Director to draw the attention towards their long pending demands. The Director tried her best to pacify the protestors on assurance that their matter will be resolved soon but the protestors remain adamant forcing her to leave the spot.
In a melee a protesting teacher Sanju Kumari, hailing from Balessa Doda suffered minor heart stroke. She was later admitted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital for treatment by the female cops where her condition was said to be stable.
Meanwhile, Mymoona while talking to media persons at GMC hospital accused the hospital administration for showing negligence towards here. “The successive regimes are betraying us by disapproving our regularisation orders thereby giving us harsh and step motherly attitude,” she said.
Mymoona Khan said the scheme was launched in 2014 by Government of India for setting up of residential school at elementary level for the girls belonging to ST, SC, OBC and minority sections of the society according to which the state government had appointed 700 highly qualified female teachers in 99 KGBV centres in 2005 but only few were regularised so far.
She said the association members approached Commissioner Secretary of Education Shaleen Kabra for the regularisation of KGVB teachers on May 23, 2015 and he promised to release the orders within one month as per RET pattern but till date no orders were issued.
“Our patience has crossed all the limits and difficulties are increasing day by day. It’s our humble request to Governor NN Vohra to intervene into the matter and redress our grievances sympathetically with human heart,” she said.
“If the administration fails to regularize us, the association will intensify the agitation and whole responsibility will lie on the state government,” she added.