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Seeking regular jobs, teachers clash with police in Sangrur

Members of the EGS Teachers’ Union intercepted the vehicle of Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi today, who had gone to the residence of Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla for lunch after presiding over a function at the local stadium.

The protesters refused to relent even after assurances from Sodhi of taking up their issue in the Cabinet next week. The protesters and policemen pushed each other while Sodhi left through another passage from the back side of the residence of Singla.

“The police pushed our members. Many have suffered injuries. We stopped the vehicle of the minister when he was leaving the residence of Singla. Though the minister gave an assurance, our members refused to accept another promise. The police even hit our members with sticks to clear the passage for the minister,” said Makhan Singh Tolawal, Punjab president of the union.
The teachers alleged that before the formation of the Congress government, its leaders had promised them of regularising their services but now, they had forgotten it. They also alleged that for the last 16 years, they had been working on contract and would not end their protest without regularisation of jobs.

“I assure you that I will take up the issue in the Cabinet next week and also arrange a meeting of your members with the Education Minister and Education Secretary,” Sodhi told the protesters.

Singla said he was open for a dialogue and had been conducting regular meetings to fulfil their demands. “We did not use force on any protester and tried to convince them to end the protest,” said DSP Satpal Sharma.