Protest march towards Guv House foiled, many injured

JAMMU, AUG 9: Police on Thursday foiled the protest march of J&K ReT Teachers’ Forum employees and detained scores of its members after they tried to march towards Governor House here to protest against the redressal of issue of SSA teachers, RMSA teachers and masters. Holding placards in their hands and shouting slogans in favour of their grievances thousands of ReTs gathered at Press Club Jammu. Addressing the gathering, Vinod Sharma lamented the government for its dilly delaying tactics to resolve the issues of SSA teachers and masters including immediate implementation of 7th Pay Commission and delinking of SSA Salary from MHRD to State Budget due to which families of thousands of these teachers are suffering badly as they are living miserable lives as they are unable to provide proper food and clothing to their children and required medicines to their old ailing parents. He said, “We have projected these issues from bottom to top and even many peaceful protests have been held in Jammu as well as Kashmir province but still these issues are unresolved, thereby forcing us to come on roads,” adding that they have no such attention to leave their schools and come on roads but callous approach of the government is forcing them for such steps. He also regretted for the loss of studies of the students for which the government is personally responsible as it has failed to resolve these issues of SSA Teachers and masters. “How can nation builders give their best when they are living in menial trauma as their salaries are pending, 7th Pay Commission has not been implemented and salary has not been delinked even though more than 60 pc of schools are dependent on SSA teachers”, he said. ReTs who were either detained or received minor injuries were, Nazam Jafri, Sukhdev Singh Sumbria, Gulzabir Daing ,Naresh Sharma, Rajesh Jamwal, Sham Sharma , Raj Kumar Dubey, Sukesh khajuria, Mahesh Kumar, Arvind Sharma, Rinku Sharma, Sajad Malik, Lekh Raj Parihar, Manzoor khan, Subash Chander, Shahnawaz Kazmi, Hari Lai Nag, Tahir Masood, Rakesh Singh, Dinesh Singh, Balwan Singh, Surjit Singh, Ravinder Chib, Pankaj Verma and Ravinder Singh. Similar protest demonstration for these issues was held at Sher-e Kashmir Park Srinagar under the banner of EJAC under the chairmanship of EJAC President Abdul Qayoom Wani in which thousands of employees of various departments participated.