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Villagers held peaceful protest outside District Deputy Commissioner (DDC) office in Samba on June 2, demanding teaching staff for Dhergarh School in Dhergarh, Samba, J&K. The protest was led by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Sunny Sangral.
The villagers protested against the education department and state government for lack of teachers in schools in the district particularly in Dhergarh village, despite assurances by the government that teachers will be placed in the area.
It was only after assurances by the officials that the protesters lifted the Dharna, with warning that if teachers are not provided people will again start agitation.
Speaking on the occasion, Sangral expressed dismay over the poor infrastructure in the schools of Samba district and lack of teaching staff which has forced many students to leave their studies.
“A primary school was opened in Dhergarh two ReT teachers were deputed to the area but one of the two teachers Surinder Singh has got relieved himself from Dhergarh and is now enjoying attachment in the office of District Development Commissioner for the last six years.”
Sangral said that Surinder who is resident of Bari Brahmana had requested the village people in 2002 to refer his case for ReT recruitment as his family had links with Dhergarh.
He demanded from the Government to either call back the teacher or send his replacement for smooth functioning of the school. “ Now the administration has assured us that teachers will be placed in the school and we have called back out protest and if no suitable action is taken, we will be forced to again launch agitation”, Sangral said.
Village Panch Parshotam Singh said. “He had promised to serve the far-flung village but he backtracked as soon as he was regularized as General Line Teacher after completing five years of service. In the absence of one teacher, the second teacher is feeling helpless to run the school as he has to run move several time for official work, owing to which school opens merely for two days a week.”
Among others who joined the protest included Jankar Singh, Jagdev Singh, Maan Singh, Kewal Singh and Swarn Singh.