Contractors, disabled protest outside Bhuttos’ mausoleum

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Teachers protest against Ratodero assistant commissioner ‘for withholding salaries’

Two protests demonstrations were held in Garhi Khuda Baksh (GKB) in front of Bhuttos’ mausoleum and the third in front of Press Club on Monday.

The first demonstration was held in GKB by contractors Ali Nawaz Baloch, Khaliquz Zaman, Haseeb Hasan, Munawar and others against SEDA Director Anwar Ali Siyal and Irrigation Executive Engineer Abid Naich, both of Ghotki.

Speaking on the occasion, the protesters said that budget sanctioned for repair and strengthening of embankments and canals has been used by giving contracts to the near and dear ones of both the officers for which bills have been passed by the District Accounts Office, Ghotki.

They alleged that the actual work had not been carried out. They demanded a high-level enquiry against the same officers and physical verification of the works claimed to have been carried out in the area.

DISBALED PEOPLE PROTEST:

In another protest, disabled people including Ghous Bux Buriro, Ghulam Muhammad Sarki and others told media that they had started a long march from Thal on their wheelchairs in the chilling cold and reached GKB but since the past two days they had not been allowed to enter the Bhutto leaders’ graveyard to offer prayers and “complain to them against their present leaders”.

They said that they would not leave unless their “justified demands” were accepted by the Sindh government which include two percent job quota, inclusion of disabled people’s names in BISP, compensation from Baitul Mal and Zakat and Ushr for dowry during marriage.

TEACHERS PROTEST OUTSIDE PRESS CLUB:

In Naundero, Primary Teachers Association (PTA) Ratodero Taluka candidates of Ustad Dost Panel including Aneesur Rahman Junejo, Aijaz Pitafi, Sikander Jarwar and others held protest demonstration outside Press Club on Monday.

They were demanding posting of Taluka Education Officer (TEO) from the teachers’ community. They further said that in the past one month, current TEO Qazi Sardar Ahmed who is also Ratodero Assistant Commissioner ordered withholding of monthly pay of 65 primary school teachers and this month he had directed the same action against 180 more teachers alleging that they were “ghost teachers”.

The protestors further warned that if their demands were not accepted they would lock up the TEO in his office till their demands are accepted.