Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: Many ‘shiksha mitras’ (part-time teachers) were injured when police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse them while they were staging a demonstration in front of the Vidhan Sabha here on Saturday.

The ‘shiksha mitras’ were protesting against the refusal of the Uttar Pradesh government to grant them the status of assistant teachers along with pay parity. They also demanded that a training programme be introduced.

About 10,000 ‘shiksha mitras’ converged on the State capital to air their grievances against “stepmotherly treatment” by the government.

They alleged that their long-pending demands were not met despite assurances by the government.

There are around 1.85 lakh ‘shiksha mitras’ in primary schools across the State. They are paid a fixed honorarium of Rs. 3,500 a month.

Meanwhile, the Congress condemned the lathicharge on the teachers.

Party MLA from Naugarh, Ishwar Chandra Shukla said the ‘shiksha mitras’ were agitating for their just demands. He urged the government to immediately redress their grievances.

The U.P. Bank Employees Union also condemned the lathicharge. Demanding a judicial inquiry, the Union urged the government to solve the issue.