At least 18, in­clud­ing 6 cops, in­jured dur­ing teach­ers’ protest in Pa­tiala

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PA­TIALA: At least 18 peo­ple were in­jured on Sun­day as po­lice lath­icharged a group of teach­ers that was march­ing to­wards Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Amarinder Singh's res­i­dence here to protest against con­di­tions for their reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion, po­lice said.

A su­per­in­ten­dent of po­licer­ank of­fi­cer and five other po­lice­men were among those in­jured in the melee as cops tried to dis­perse the pro­test­ers who wanted to gherao Singh's res­i­dence, they said.

The pro­test­ers were demon­strat­ing against the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion pol­icy for 8,886 teach­ers of Adarsh schools, Sarva Shik­sha Ab­hiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Mad­hyamik Shik­sha Ab­hiyan (RMSA).

Po­lice also used wa­ter cannons to dis­perse the pro­test­ers.

The pro­test­ers had gath­ered near the Pa­tiala bus stand where bar­ri­cades had been erected to stop them, the po­lice said.

How­ever, as they in­sisted on march­ing ahead, to­wards the chief min­is­ter's res­i­dence here, a scuf­fle broke out be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice Po­lice use wa­ter cannons to dis­perse Ad­hya­pak San­garsh Com­mit­tee (Pun­jab) mem­bers who were hold­ing a protest march in sup­port of their de­mands near the res­i­dence of Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Capt. Amarinder Singh in Pa­tiala, Sun­day

per­son­nel, they said.

Singh ap­pealed to the teach­ers to shun the path of ag­i­ta­tion and be pa­tient, say­ing the state govern­ment was com­mit­ted to find­ing an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to their griev­ances.

The teach­ers, most of whom were con­trac­tual em­ploy­ees, were protest­ing against a con­di­tion which re­quires them to work at a monthly salary of nearly Rs 15,000 for three years be­fore be­ing reg­u­larised in their jobs.

Some teach­ers al­leged that the state govern­ment has stopped pay­ing salaries to the SSA and RMSA teach­ers for not ac­cept­ing the reg­u­lar­isa- tion con­di­tion.

In a state­ment is­sued in Chandi­garh, Singh said the em­ploy­ees must un­der­stand that de­spite the un­prece­dented fi­nan­cial cri­sis be­ing faced by the state, the govern­ment was do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to re­solve all their is­sues.

He said ag­i­ta­tions will not lead to any con­struc­tive so­lu­tion and talks will be held soon to find a way out.

The dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pa­tiala, which is also the chief min­is­ter's home dis­trict, in­vited the teach­ers' rep­re­sen­ta­tives for talks and promised to ar­range their meet­ing with the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter.

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