Teachers stage demo against govt move

Indore : Protesting against the move to record attendance through mobile phone, over 1500 teachers staged a dharna at the collectorate square on Friday. The leaders of teachers union strongly criticised the move alleging that the move would affect them hard as they are low paid.

The teachers, anguished over the proposed move of, staged a four- hour protest at the Ganji compound and later submitted a memorandum to SDM Sapna Jain addressed to the Chief Minister.

Over 15 leaders of teachers union addressed the protestors. Addressing the dharna, representative of the State Teachers Union Bharat Bhargava asked how can a teacher whose salary is between Rs 5000 and 10000 per month, buy a costly smart phone and bear the cost of Rs 300 per month for the internet connection.

Bhargava also alleged that the proposed move will breach the privacy of lady teachers. One the one hand the state government has banned bringing cell phones in schools by the teachers and students and on the other hand, it is forcing the teachers to buy costly cell phones.

Later, talking to Free Press Bhargawa said that as many as 30,000 teachers of all eight district of the Indore Division staged dharna at their respective headquarters. He alleged that the move is being brought under the pressure of few top notch officers, who wish to enhance their credit before the state government. The teachers took part in the dharna after taking one- day casual leave. The leaders warned to continue the protest if the government did not withdraw the move. Other union leaders who addressed protestors are Harish Boyat, Dinesh Sharma, Mahendra Sharma and Rajkumar Bhargawa.

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