Teachers Stay Put As Hunger Strike Enters 5th Day

Wani warns of complete lockout of schools if Govt doesn’t move

SRINAGAR — The indefinite hun­ger strike of Sarva Shikhsha Ab­hiyaan (SSA) teachers under the banner of Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC) entered 5th day on Friday with authorities show­ing no signs of compromise. Thou­sands of teachers are pouring in to express solidarity with the striking teachers at Pratap Park Srinagar as well as in Jammu. Teachers are demanding 7th pay commission benefits and linking of their salaries with state sector.

The large number of teachers along with the teachers on hun­ger strike offered Friday congre­gational prayers at Pratap Park.

Talking to media persons, TJAC chairman, Abdul Qayoom Wani asked the government not to test the patience of teaching com­munity anymore and said that teachers have decided to give any sacrifice for their legitimate rights.

Wani hailed the teaching com­munity of Jammu and Kashmir for having full faith on TJAC lead­ership and are showing solidarity continuously with the teachers on hunger strike. He said that be­sides tremendous pressure from the teaching community for com­plete lockout of the schools, TJAC leadership is committed enough towards their responsibility with society in general and student community in particular.

Wani said that “TJAC is ex­ploring other options of protest to press for our demands so that academics of our students may not get effected but at the same time Wani warned that if gov­ernment will treat our sincerity as our weakness then TJAC will be compelled to opt this last op­tion after proper consultation with parents and civil society and responsibilities shall lie on the shoulders of the Govt.”

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