Jalandhar, September 1
Irate over the apathetic attitude of the state government towards their long-pending demands, computer teachers, under the banner of the Computer Adhiyapak Union, organised a state-level convention at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here today and decided to launch a stir against the government in the near future if their demands not met.
The convention was attended by the state, district and block-level executive committee members.
Gurvinder Singh (Tarn Taran), president, and Arundeep Singh and Ravi Inder Singh Mander, general secretaries of the state unit of the Computer Adhiyapak Union, while addressing the convention, lamented that though the services of the computer teachers had been regularised on July 1, 2011, however, they had been still deprived of the benefits of various service rules such as Assured Career Progression (ACP), Interim Relief (IR), Medical Reimbursement, selection as Headmasters or Principal through PPSC.
They said the union members along with the teachers had raised the issue with ministers and higher officials of the Education Department time and again and submitted memorandums but to no avail.
A computer teacher, Jaswinder Kaur, said the recruitment of the computer teachers was done in 2005 during the Congress government regime by the Education Department through the ICT project for imparting computer education to students in government schools.
At that time, their recruitment was done on a contractual basis with a salary of Rs 4,500 per month. Later, after six years in 2011, during the SAD-BJP regime, the government, after getting approval from the Cabinet and on the instructions of the Governor, regularised the jobs of vocational teachers under the Education Department under the Punjab Civil Services Rules, she added.
She said it’s over seven years that the services of the 7,000 computer teachers of the state were regularised, but they were not given the benefits of the regularised employees and were still treated as contractual employees.
Members from other districts who were present during the convention include Parminder Singh Gurdaspur, Amardeep Singh Moga, Harjit Singh, Anil Aeri, Parminder Singh, Paramvir Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Pawan Sharma, Amandeep Singh and Sikander Singh from Barnala. — OC