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Teachers take out rally in Patiala against govt decision

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A large number of teachers Saturday took out a march in district in protest against the decision of the cabinet to fix their monthly salary at Rs 15,000 during their probation period for regularisation of their jobs.

On October 3, the cabinet approved regularisation of 8,886 teachers recruited under central programmes. However, those whose services are to be regularised in the school department would be paid Rs 15,000 per month for three years.

Teachers from across participated in the march in Patiala, the assembly constituency of Amarinder Singh, and raised slogans against the Congress-led government in the state.

The march was taken out under the banner of Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha.

"The decision to give teachers Rs 15,000 per month is completely unjustified. We have been working at a salary of Rs 42,700 per month for several years. How can we run our families with a salary cut," asked Chahal, state convener of the front.

"I have been paying an EMI of Rs 21,000 per month and with a salary of Rs 15,000 per month, how can I pay it back," said a who was part of the march in

Teachers had brought their parents and children to the protest.

As part of the ongoing protest, 17 teachers have sat on fast unto death.

The teachers were also upset about the cabinet decision to keep three years as the probation period for regularisation of their services.

"When teachers have been working for past eight to ten years on contract then what is the need for the probation period of three years," one of them said.

They criticised the minister for suspending eight teachers who were part of the ongoing protest.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 19:00 IST