Larkana teachers start long march towards Karachi as protest

  • Action taken after non-acceptance of demands by govt including insurance amount on retirement  

LARKANA: Scores of primary teachers, under the banner of Sindh’s Primary Teachers Association (PTA) gathered outside Bhutto mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bux to stage a protest and sit-in against the non-acceptance of their demands.

Although the protestors paid homage to the Bhuttos by offering fateha but later they launched a peaceful long march towards Karachi to press the government to accept their justified demands.

They were led by their PTA Central President Haji Shafi Muhammad Sathyo. The teachers were chanting slogans in favour of their demands while holding large banners in their hands.

Besides Sathyo, Zulfiqar Sumair, Anees Junejo, Hidayatullah Shah, Bashir Khokhar, Gul Hassan Chandio, Ghulamullah Sangi, Shabir Chandio, Afsar Qureshi, Mujahid Mumtaz Soomro and other officials of the Association also participated in the protest and long march.

While talking to the media, the teachers’ leaders said that their issues are not being resolved and the government is constantly avoiding and keeping them on false promises since long, therefore, it was decided, they added, to take out a massive long march to pressurise the rulers to accept their justified demands.

They said that forced transfers of teachers are being made which must be stopped and previous orders should be withdrawn.

They said they had to pay huge commission for their legal works at every government office including relevant District Accounts Offices and District Education Offices through their agents which must be stopped and corrupt officers must be held accountable.

They said Group Insurance was deducted from their monthly salaries regularly but it was paid to government employees on retirement in KP and Balochistan provinces and retired employees of Sindh are also being denied the payment of the group insurance on their retirement, terming it an act of discrimination, unlawfulness and against the principles of equity.

They demanded that group insurance should be paid on retirement instead of on 65 years of age so that aged employees can get medical treatment and it should also be probed who was involved in getting benefits of delayed payments of insurance amount of Sindh government employees.

They said after maturing of insurance policy, insurance companies are paying the full amount to the government departments, questioning that why are the relevant departments not trickling down the group insurance amount to retired government servants for the past five years?. Biometric system be introduced on district level, they further demanded.

They warned Sindh’s elected rulers to accept these legal demands before it is too late for them. Teacher Abdul Karim Mekan took part in the long march by wearing a shroud. They were garlanded by their counterparts when they passed through various towns and villages including Naundero, Kehar, Mahotta, Chooharpur and Larkana.