Lucknow, July 23: Staging a protest, hundreds of Shiksha Mitras tonsured their heads in Lucknow to press their demand for permanent jobs on Wednesday.
Both men and women shaved off their heads while many protesting Brahmins gave up their janaeu (sacred thread) and alleged that the Yogi Adityanath government is ignoring people from both Brahmin and Kshatriya community.
Lucknow: Shiksha Mitras(contractual teachers) demand permanent jobs, get their heads tonsured in protest pic.twitter.com/sshMoGarSs
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The protest has been organised under the banner of Uttar Pradesh Shikshamitra Sangh.
According to media reports, thousands of contractual teachers are observing the day as black day and sitting on a dharna at the Eco Garden in Lucknow for around 50 days.
Earlier on June 13, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also met a six-member delegation of ‘shiksha mitras’ and had vowed to resolve the issue soon.
In 2015, nearly two lakh contractual teachers in primary schools across Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court declared as illegal the State government’s move to regularise ‘shiksha mitras’ and appoint them as Assistant Teachers.
‘Shiksha mitras’ were appointed when Mayawati led-BSP was ruling the state and had been provided a two-year Basic Training Course (BTC) meant for primary teachers through distance learning.