After Doctors, Now Teachers Start Protesting Over Wage Hike

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Kolkata: The week-long doctors’ agitation may have ended in Bengal, but another group is now up in arms against the Mamata Banerjee government.

Teachers have now gone on protest in the state. The West Bengal education secretariat, popularly know as Bikash Bhavan, saw chaos on Monday with teachers protesting for a hike in wages.

The Salt Lake locality turned into a battleground as clashes took place between Shishu Shiksha Kendra (SSK) and Madhyamik Shiksha Kendra teachers and police officials at Mayukh Bhawan island. The clash led to the police lathicharging the protestors.

The teachers tried to reach Bikash Bhawan to meet the Bengal education minister and have their grievances heard. However, they were stopped by police at Mayukh Bhawan island. It was after this that the teacher’s protest became violent with police resorting to lathicharge.

School teachers in Bengal have been sitting on a dharna June 12, demanding for an increase in their salary according to their qualification. Their salaries have allegedly not been increased for the past eight years.

Earlier, the teachers had protested about a wage hike in March as well. They had sat on a dharna from March 1 to March 7. On March 7, they had met with West Bengal Governor and the state education minister.