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Posted at: Jan 12, 2018, 1:26 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2018, 1:26 AM (IST)

EGS,AIE and STR teachers write to Cong president

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 11

After being refused meetings with CM several times, members of the EGS/AIE/STR Union have now sought a meeting with the President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi. In a letter to Rahul Gandhi today, the union members have written that thousands of teachers have been in the field of education since 2003, earning a meagre salary of Rs 5,000 per month.

The teachers waged a struggle against the former Akali-BJP government of Punjab, which did not listen to their demands of a salary raise. They wrote that at the time of the elections, Captain Amarinder Singh and Manpreet Singh Badal had promised to provide adequate salaries for their livelihood, if they won the Punjab elections.

However, now that the Congress government had been formed in Punjab, no one was ready to even have a meeting with them.

They further stated in the letter that due to low salaries, they were living in utter poverty. The letter further stated many teachers are also forced to believe that they have no other choice but to end their lives.

The letter stated, “We want to have a personal hearing with you to share our plight. Please arrange and oblige.”

State activist Nishant Kumar said, “We took to the path of struggle and even braved the lathis of the police during the previous Akali-BJP regime, to register our protest with the government, regarding meagre salaries. While the Congress government promised us that our salaries would be hiked, despite so many months of the Congress regime, neither was our salaries hiked nor were we accorded a meeting with the representatives of the government.”

But they said the state government had now resorted to breaching the poll promises made to them. They said they had now placed their hopes in the Congress President and were seeking a meeting with him so that a solution to their problems could be sought in a meeting.

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