Special Correspondent

Police action on teachers in Lucknow

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

Pay parity

They were protesting against refusal of the State government to grant them the status of assistant teachers along with pay parity.

They have also demanded that a training programme be introduced for them.

About 10,000 shiksha mitras converged on the State capital on Saturday to air their grievances against what they alleged stepmotherly treatment by the government.

Their long-pending demands have not being fulfilled despite the assurances given by the government. There are around 1.85 lakh ‘shiksha mitras’ in UP, who have been appointed in the primary schools spread across the State. They are paid a fixed honorarium of Rs. 3,500 per month.

Meanwhile, the Congress has condemned the lathicharge. The Congress MLA from Naugarh, Ishwar Chandra Shukla said the ‘shiksha mitras’ were agitating for their just demands. He demanded that the government immediately redress their grievances.

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