[lang_en]Shimla: The police arrested seventy-three (73) protesting PTA teachers, which included 10 women, for violating prohibitory orders on Saturday by shouting anti-government slogans in a restricted area near the state secretariat.
The protesters were picked up from a restricted zone, said Sunil Negi, SHO Chota Shimla. Of the 73 arrested, 10 are women, he informed.
On Friday the police had forcibly evicted 5 PTA teachers who had been fasting for three days and hospitalized them. “They are well but have been put on drip as they are not taking any food,” said SS Minhas, medical superintended IGMC.
We will continue to democratically protest against the governments victimizing attitude towards PTA teachers, said Surinder Gazta, general secretary PTA teachers.
We will continue our fast until death protest till the government meets our demand framing a just PTA policy, no retrenchment is done and the inquiry instituted is not withdrawn, he said.
Irregularities in PTA recruitments – Govt
Meanwhile the education department has claimed that numerous irregularities have come to light in appointment of PTA teachers.
“Merit was ignored, posts were not advertised, candidates with lower merit have been appointed teachers and in some cases the selected candidate did not even appear for a selection interview,” said an education department spokesman justifying the dismissal of some PTA teachers.