KGBV teachers hunger strike enters 13th day

Srinagar—The hunger strike started by the female teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) entered 13th day on Sunday.
The teachers are up in arms against the authorities the issue of regularizing them has been put at the backburner.
The female teachers have threatened to carry on their strike till their long pending demands are met.
“We won’t open any KGBV school in JK unless the department issues orders for our regularization,” said state president KGBV Teachers’ Forum, Mymoona Khan.
The KGBV teachers are waiting for their regularization from past ten years however the authorities have failed to take any concrete steps to resolve the long pending demand of the aggrieved teachers. Following the inordinate delay in the regularization of their services, KGBV teachers started their indefinite hunger strike from February 16. “We have been forced to hit streets by the higher ups in the department. The authorities are unnecessarily delaying our regularization,” said Mymoona Khan.
The forum has started its indefinite hunger strike at Press Club Jammu against the “inordinate delay” in their regularization. At the time of recruitment, the state government as per the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) guidelines had to engage 700 teachers in 99 KGBVs, (seven teachers for each school) on temporary basis with a stipend not beyond Rs 6000.
However, the then PDP-Congress coalition government appointed these KGBV teachers on the analogy of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) which made it mandatory for state government to regularize their services after five years and elevate their pay scale as well.
The services of around 90 teachers including 25 in Jammu and 65 in Kashmir were regularized by the government, while as the fate of rest of the teachers is hanging in balance till date.
Meanwhile the KGBV teachers on Saturday tried to march towards Governor house however the move was foiled by the police deployed there, they said.
“Police stopped us from taking our March towards Governor office and scores of our teachers received injuries during clashes with Police,” Mymoona Khan added.
Earlier in December last year, Secretary School education department had assured the KGBV teachers that the department was finalizing the process of their regularization.
“Department is working on the process of the regularization. KGBV has no provision for regularization but you will be shifted to ReT sector.—GK

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