Protest march of EJAC towards Civil Secretariat foiled

Srinagar 09 Aug 2018

Police on Thursday used force to thwart a teachers’ protest march towards the civil secretariat Srinagar.

Hundreds of teachers and employees associated with Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) staged a massive protest at Sher-e-Kashmir Park against the government’s failure to implement 7th pay commission for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters.

As the protesting teachers tried to march towards the civil secretariat, the police deployed at the spot swung into action and thwarted their march by bundling dozens of representatives in a vehicle.

As the teachers resisted, the police used water cannons to stop teachers from marching towards the civil secretariat.

Meanwhile, talking to media persons, President EJAC Abdul Qayoom Wani said they had organized the protest to press for the demand of SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA masters for release of their monthly salary as per the benefits of 7th pay commission.

“Five months have passed but the government has not taken any initiative for implementation of 7th pay commission for these SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters.  Their salaries have not been de-linked from MHRD funding as well,” he said.

Wani threatened that Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC) in coordination with EJAC will announce massive protest across the state if government didn’t release salary of these teachers as per 7th pay commission and linked it with state budget.

“Today we had invited zonal and district representatives of EJAC but next time all employees associated with EJAC will join SSA teachers protest and hit roads,” he said, adding that government was forcing them to take such extreme steps.

“We don’t want academics of students to be affected in schools but the government has failed to address genuine demands of these teachers which forced us to take hit roads instead of teaching in schools,” he said.

He said these teachers have served in the department for 16 years and have been provided benefits of 6th pay commission, yearly increments and time bound promotions. “But we fail to understand on what grounds these teachers were not included for getting benefits of 7th pay commission, Wani said.

Wani appealed to the Governor of J&K state, advisors, chief secretary, secretary school education department to take concrete measures to provide 7th pay commission benefits for these teachers and de-linking of salary from MHRD.

It may be recalled that the previous PDP led coalition government excluded SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA masters from the benefits of 7th pay commission in March this year which enraged the aggrieved community who started hitting streets in protest against the government.

In wake of this, various committees were constituted to put forth their recommendations to the government and suggest a way out to resolve the issue once for all.

However, there is no development so far in this regard and teachers are still protesting against the “step-motherly” treatment of government.