ReT teachers observe teacher’s day as ‘black day’

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Police foil protest march towards SKICC, several detained

Srinagar, Sep 5: Police on Wednesday foiled the march of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers near Sher-e-Kashmir park Srinagar after they were tried to march towards SKICC where teachers day was being celebrated.
ReT teachers in large number observed the teachers day as ‘black day’ as a mark of protest in favour of their demands especially implementation of seventh pay commission.
Hundreds of ReT teachers across the state assembled in SK park here wearing black dresses and bands and shouted slogans against the ‘callous’ attitude of government towards the 40 thousand ReT teachers of the state and tried to march towards SKICC but police stopped them .
Dozens of teachers were injured after police used water cannons and batons on them, the statement said.
Forum chairman Farooq Ahmed Tantary ,Patron BA Dar, Gen sec Jahangir Alam Khan,Talib Hussain, Iqbal bhat, MA wani, ZD beigh, Aftab Malik, Rahi Irshad ,Khalid Rafiq, Mohammad Yakoob, Aftab tantary, Intikhab Alam, and other leaders of the ReT teachers were arrested by the police.
The protest call was given by the JKRET Teachers forum.
Chairman of the forum Farooq Ahmed Tantary while addressing the teachers said that authorities forced teachers to celebrate this day as black day.
He said that “this day is for teachers but unfortunately we are celebrating this day as black day due to non implementation of seventh pay commission in their favour.”
Forum leaders said that they are not demanding anything new but they are appealing to release their genuine rights, which were held by the government due to unknown reasons.
They said that they are on roads from past more than four months for their genuine right seventh pay commission but government takes deaf ears towards this issue.
They said that they are regularized under state government order and were given all benefits of state government employees including sixth pay commission in past but their 7th pay commission were stopped reason best known to government.
They said that non release of seventh pay commission in their favour is injustice with the 40 thousand teachers of the state. They said that if the pay commission were not released soon then were intensify their strike. (KNS)