Protest over removal of guest lecturers, lab assistants in Gurgaon

Protests and demonstrations erupted outside the mini-secretariat in Gurgaon following the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order of removing 4073 guest lecturers from their posts. Over 150 guest teachers participated in the demonstration.

4073 guest lecturers and 5000 lab assistants were sacked from their jobs after an order from the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. No clear reasons were given by the court except that the teachers were surplus in number. They were fired between 12 and 15 June without even being given a prior notice. It may be mentioned that in November 2014, the newly formed Khattar Government had decided to allow some 15000 odd guest lecturers who were selected violating the rules set down by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government. However, the regularization of these lecturers has been a contentious issue for this Government with various courts asking it to dismiss them.

On Monday, a multitude of the sacked lecturers came out to protest despite the imposition of Section 144 against any demonstration by any guest lecturer in the state. The district administration of Gurgaon too has imposed Section 144 but without any success in curbing the demonstration by protestors.

Haryana Vidyalaya Adhyapak Sangh, along with Sarv Karmachari Sangh has organized a 12 hour long demonstration with as many as 15 guest lecturers going to indefinite hunger strike. They were very clear in their demand to seek answer from Government for the sudden decision of firing around 9100 employees. They even planned to bring out a big rally across a state on July 16 if they do not get clear answers from the Government.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is said to be single concerned for the guest teachers. He has urged them to keep patience while the state Government decides upon the best way to reassess their grievance and secure their future. The Government is trying to lay the maximum age limit and other parameters for direct recruitment in the future, he added.

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