PSTET : Teachers' protest enters day 3
Punjab State Teacher Eligibility Test News :
BATHINDA: Demanding jobs, hundreds of unemployed teachers blocked the Bathinda-Chandigarh highway while others climbed atop a water tank on the third consecutive day on Tuesday. A teacher slit the wrist while another fell unconscious due to the summer heat.
The village panchayat denied providing food to the protesters though some villagers attached with the bhartiya kisan unions fed them. With the highway closed, the traffic was diverted through neighbouring villages. 45 union members, including 20 women, stayed put on the tank top, nearly 100 foot high. The warm high-velocity winds and the extreme temperature have affected their health.
Union chairman Amandeep Singh said, "In 2009, about 2.5 lakh candidates appeared for the teacher eligibility test but just 9,000 cleared the exam. Government did not provide us any jobs though 40,000 vacancies are available across the state." Village sarpanch Rajpal Singh confirmed that they have stopped supplying food to the agitators.
News Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com (6.6.12)