The discriminatory treatment of the teachers of the Navodaya Vidyalayas in service matters has forced them to take to the streets in protest.

“The government has been citing different provisions of the law in different situations. When we ask about service conditions they say we are an autonomous body and on other issues we are equated with the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan employees. We work round the clock as we are a residential school unlike the KVS. We are not asking for anything extra, just what we have been promised,” the protesting teachers said.

The representatives are expected to meet Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Pallam Raju in New Delhi on Monday.

The teachers staged a protest in front of Gandhi Statue here on Saturday. Gagging their mouths with black ribbons, the teachers sat in a silent dharna. The teachers later went about sweeping the streets condemning the Central government’s indifference to their demands. The teachers and staff of the Navodaya Vidyalaya at Kommadi in PM Palem in the city participated in the protest.