Teachers, health workers stage protest at Patiala's YPS chowk

Teachers, health workers stage protest at Patiala's YPS chowk

Members of the Unemployed Teachers Sanjha Morcha (Punjab) stage a protest against the Punjab Government near the residence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 25

While business in markets, work in offices and commute in the city remained suspended as per the government orders given in view of the rising cases of Covid-19 in the state, various teacher unions today held a protest to press for their demands. The teachers took out a protest march followed by a sit-in at the YPS chowk.

The protesters started their protest from the Baradari gardens and held a march until the YPS chowk. Though fewer than 200, the protesters failed to ensure social distancing, most of them were not wearing masks or following norms as per the guidelines of the Health Department.

The protesters included BEd and TET-pass teachers, 873 DPE union teachers, 646 PTI teachers, members of the Art and Craft Teachers’ Union and multipurpose health workers.

The police blocked them at the YPS chowk. Police officials, including SP Varun Sharma, along with DSP Saurav Jindal and DSP Yogesh Sharma, were present at the site.

Officials in the district administration said they had arranged the teachers’ meetings with Education Secretary Krishan Kumar and minister Vijay Inder Singla on May 6. The multipurpose health workers would meet Principal Secretary (Health) Husan Lal and minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on May 7.

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