SRINAGAR: The Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers of state’s Education department observed Teachers Day as a “black day” and held protests in Srinagar while reiterating their demand for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and delinking of salaries from central funding.
The ReT teachers, under the banner of Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC) and Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers’ Forum, led by TJAC president Abdul Qayoom Wani took out a protest in Lal Chowk Srinagar. The protesting teachers held banners and placards that read, “Implement 7th pay Commission”, “We want justice” and “condemn teachers day”.
Hundreds of teachers wearing black clothes and waving black flags blocked the Residency Road near Sher-i- Kashmir Park. Police resorted to cane charge and also detained scores of teachers.
The teachers said that it was an irony “how nation builders are being treated in the state”.
One of the protesters while addressing the gathering said, “Government should put an end to the double standards by implementing 7th pay commission”.
TJAC president, Abdul Qayoom Wani said that the administration was playing “double criterion” with the teacher community by forcing them to attend schools despite unfulfilled demands. The government needs to stop “fooling” the builder of nation (teacher).
“All the ReT teachers of Jammu and Kashmir condemn the teacher’s day and observe it as black day for teachers as the government is putting us on backburner,” Wani.
Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers’ Forum, chairman, Farooq Ahmad Tantray said, “Government has deceived us from months and have left us with no other choice other than celebrating teacher’s day as black day, otherwise we were supposed to celebrate September 5 in schools with students”.
They protestors said that due to the government approach, more than 40000 teachers are living in “mental disturbance”.