Jobless teachers, police clash outside residence of Pargat Singh

Say will continue stir until their demands are met

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 23

Continuing their stir against the state government, the BEd and TET pass unemployed teachers today again protested outside the residence of Education Minister Pargat Singh in the city. The city police had made strict arrangements to control the protesters, but the agitating teachers still tried to break the barricades.

During this, the teachers tried to move forward and the police made every effort to stop them. Amid this, a confrontation began between the teachers and the police, followed by a scuffle between the teachers and the police. Slogans were also raised against the Education Minister by the unemployed teachers on this occasion.

For the past several days, the house of Education Minister Pargat Singh is being gheraoed by the teachers continuously.

On Tuesday, as many as 400 teachers assembled outside the residence of the Education Ministers to raise their demands against the unavailability of jobs. The protest started at 12 pm today and continues till 7.30 pm.

Teachers stated that they were only being given fake promises by the government for jobs. Amandeep Singh, an unemployed teacher stated that they would continue to hold the protest until their demands were met.

Union cancels night protest after assurance

The teacher union leaders had planned to hold a dharna outside the minister's residence throughout the night but they later changed their plan. Amandeep, a leader from the union, said: "We were made to talk to the PA of the minister over phone He assured us that an announcement in our favour would be made on Wednesday by the minister. We will wait for it till 2 pm before again marching towards his residence”. The union leaders have returned to their site near overhead water tank close to the Jalandhar bus stand where they have been squatting for the past many weeks.

Unemployed teachers and police enter into a scuffle during a protest outside the residence of Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh in Jalandhar on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Sarabjit Singh

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