Punjab: Reminding AAP of it’s pre-poll promise, unemployed PTI teachers protest outside education minister’s residence
Meanwhile, police used mild force to disperse protesting teachers outside the residence of the education minister in Barnala on Sunday.
Nearly six months after Delhi chief minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal visited Mohali in the run up to Punjab Assembly elections and promised jobs to the agitating unemployed teachers, members of the teachers union in Punjab protested outside the residence of education minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer in Barnala on Sunday alleging that the AAP government has forgotten its promise.
The unemployed teachers, who are demanding jobs as Physical Training Instructors (PTI) in state government schools, alleged that in November last year, Kejriwal had met protesting teachers in Mohali and promised that once AAP comes to power in Punjab, the merit list for recruitment of 646 PTI teachers, which is lying pending since 2011, will be issued on priority.
“It was only after Kejriwal’s assurance that we had come down from the water tank in January, almost after spending three months atop the water tank. He was also accompanied by Bhagwant Mann and Gagan Anmol Maan. But now when AAP is in power, it seems they have forgotten all their promises,” said Sippy Sharma, one of the unemployed PTI teachers who had spent three months atop a water tank.