Gurdwara body-run schools, colleges: SGPC stays new service rules after teachers’ stir

SGPC runs many schools and colleges across Punjab and Haryana. Its teaching and non-teaching staff are angry over the new policy, which has slashed benefits related to salaries and allowances and changed the contract and probationary period of new employees. A group of women teachers protested on Monday and continued on Tuesday

AMRITSAR: A group of teachers staged a protest outside its apex gurdwara institution’s headquarters in Teja on Tuesday, accusing Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Samiti (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami of stalling the new service rules policy that curtailed facilities for staff working in their educational institutions. Singh Samundri Hall, Amritsar.

SGPC runs many schools and colleges across Punjab and Haryana. Its teaching and non-teaching staff are angry over the new policy, which has slashed benefits related to salaries and allowances and changed the contract and probationary period of new employees. A group of women teachers protested on Monday and continued on Tuesday.

The protesting teachers said that they are paying low wages and it is causing difficulty in their livelihood. He said that the new policy will increase their difficulties.

The protestors were then called to a meeting and given a copy of the policy suspension letter. However, the policy was not repealed.

SGPC Additional Secretary (Education) Sukhminder Singh said: “The new policy has been developed in view of the financial crisis of educational institutions. In view of the demands raised by the protesting teachers, this policy will be discussed in the next meeting of the Executive Council of SGPC.

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