Himachal teachers furious over IPH Minister Mahender Singh’s ‘remark’

To observe black day today, wear black badges

Himachal teachers furious over IPH Minister Mahender Singh’s ‘remark’

IPH Minister Mahender Singh Thakur addresses to a press conference in Mandi. Photo: Jai Kumar

Tribune News Service
Shimla, July 5

The Himachal Government College Teachers Association (HGCTA) will observe black day tomorrow and perform examination duties wearing black badges in protest against a remark made by IPH Minister Mahender Singh against teachers.

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President and general secretary of the HGCTA Dharamvir Singh and RL Sharma, respectively, termed the minister’s statement as irresponsible. They said that it showed the sick mentality of the minister and what was more hurting was that his followers were laughing.

Video goes viral

A video of minister Mahender Singh has gone viral in which he says, “mastero ne to maja kiya” (teachers enjoyed during Covid) and became frontline workers to get vaccinated

A video of Mahender Singh had gone viral in which he said “Mastero ne to maja kiya” (teachers enjoyed during Covid) and had become frontline workers to get vaccinated. The teachers are demanding a public apology from the minister.

The teachers were not sitting at their homes on their own will. They were engaged in online teaching, besides performing other multifarious tasks during the pandemic, they said. The minister was pointing a finger at the decision of the state government declaring the teachers as frontline warriors, they added.

The teachers also requested the central leadership of the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations to take the statement seriously and condemn it. They said it was an insult to the department amid Covid when the teachers were doing their duties honestly and helping students by deploying their own resources.

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh State Lecturers Association has also condemned the minister’s remark. President of the association Kesar Singh Thakur said the teachers had done an exemplary work during Covid. Other teacher associations have also condemned the remark.

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