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Protesting teachers in Punjab to observe 'black' Diwali

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Vowing to intensify their stir against the government over it's refusal to regularise their jobs without a pay cut, agitating teachers in will observe 'black' on Wednesday, they said on Tuesday.

The announcement comes a day after their scheduled meeting with to resolve the issue on Monday was cancelled after the agitators failed to call of their protest.

"We will intensify our stir now. We will observe black tomorrow (Wednesday),"said Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha's state committee member on Tuesday.

"Groups of teachers dressed in black will take out protest marches in busy markets of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, Rupnagar, and Teachers will also carry placards mentioning their demands," he added.

In Amritsar, the teachers will stand on the road leading to the Golden Temple, Singh said, adding that the people and visitors should know what the is doing to them.

Singh said that some of teachers will also sit on a hunger strike.

The protesting teachers are against the state government's decision to fix their monthly salary at Rs 15,000 during probation period for regularisation of their jobs.

At present, contractual teachers are getting Rs 42,300 per month.

The teachers have been holding a sit-in in Patiala, the chief minister's constituency, in support of their demands since October 7.

Singh further added that the next course of action will be decided after a joint meeting of teachers' unions, employees' unions and farmers' outfits which is scheduled for November 10 at

Several employees federations and farmers organisations have also extended their support to the agitation.

On October 3, the cabinet had given its go ahead to the regularisation of the services of 8,886 teachers recruited under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), as well as those in Adarsh and model schools.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:25 IST