KGBV teachers’ hunger strike enters 10th day

Feb 26: The indefinite protest dharna and hunger strike launched by Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalya (KGBV) teachers entered the 10th consecutive day near Press Club here today.
Over 50 female KGBV teachers are sitting on hunger strike outside the Press Club of Jammu. They are demanding their regularization as they have already completed five years of necessary service as per the rules framed for them. They pointed out that out of the total 693 teachers appointed for 99 schools in the State, only 90 were regularized on pick and choose basis while all others were left for the reason best known to the officers at the helm of affairs.
About seven teachers were appointed in every school in a Zone under Centrally sponsored scheme during 2005. The policy was framed during 2004 and they were engaged after inviting proper applications and holding interviews on merit basis. They gave many representations to the concerned CEOs and Directors School Education Kashmir and Jammu but their issue remained unresolved.
These female teachers braving all odds are sitting on hunger strike. Today, condition of three of them identified as Jyoti Bala from Poonch, Mymoona Khan from Kupwara and Hameen from Ramban, deteriorated after which they were hospitalized.
The protesting teachers said that their protest dharna and hunger strike would continue till their fate is decided. They appealed Governor NN Vohra to intervene personally and provide them long awaited justice.

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