Police use water cannons to disperse protesting employees in Srinagar
Srinagar: Police on Tuesday foiled a protest march of Sakshar Bharat Mission (SBM) employees at Polo ground Srinagar. The employees of the SBM tried to march towards the residence of Education Minister Altaf Bukhari, but police swung into action and used water cannons to disperse them.
Earlier a large number of SBM employees assembled near Polo Ground and staged anti-government slogans. As they tried to move towards the residence of Education Minister, police swung into action and used coloured water cannons to dissipate them.
The SBM teachers were protesting against authorities for a recent order to wind up SBM across the state barring Samba and Jammu districts. “We have been working round the clock against peanuts (Rs 2000 per month). We are wageless for past three years as authorities continue to delay release of our salaries. To make the matters worse, the authorities have issued order to wind up the SBM,” the protesters told CNS adding that many teachers have already crossed the age limit for government jobs and are facing starvation like conditions.