Teachers protest in Budgam, Pampore to press for demands

Teachers protest in Budgam, Pampore to press for demands
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Junaid Dar / Bilal Habib

Budgam/Pampore: The teacher’s forum from Charar I Sharief of district Budgam on Saturday held a protest here in the premises of Zonal Education Officer demanding implementation of 7th pay commission and delinking of SSA salaries.
Extending full support to the call given by Ab Qayoom Wani, president Teachers Joint Action committee (TJAC), protesters said that the previous government had assured them that their issues will be addressed, “but till date government failed to fulfil its promise.”
“We are not fond of taking to streets to make our demands heard, but the injustice prompts us to take such harsh step which is also hitting the student community,” they said.
Teachers said that they are well aware about their responsibilities towards the society and students, “but our long pending genuine demands affects the whole system.”
Blaming the government for “the mess in the education department”, they said that the government is not ready to provide quality education to the students.
Teachers said that the government is not taking their demands seriously and is not ready to bring them in the fold of 7th pay commission. “We want to send this message to the authorities that teacher community is peace loving and don’t believe in violence, but if the government will fail to heed to our demands, then we have no alternate but resort to violence,” they said.
Zonal president of Budgam teachers forum Ab Rashid said, “If the government fails to meet our demands, we “TJAC” and “EJAC” employees, whose number is more than five lakh, will march towards the city centre Lal Chowk and in that case if law and order situation arises, government will be responsible.”“Ministry of Human
Gh Naib, provisional vice president of Jammu and Kashmir teachers forum, said, “MHRD has clubbed various schemes including SSA, RMSA and others and has reduced the funds, affecting the salaries of SSA teachers. We demand the government to delink our salaries so that we will get salaries on time and implement 7th pay commission.”
Meanwhile, scores of SSA Teachers on Saturday held a peaceful protest in the office premises of Zonal Educational office Pampore demanding 7th Pay xommission and streamlining of salary.
They also submitted a memorandum to Zonal Education Officer Pampore.