Police on Sunday foiled a demonstration of teachers in front of the National Press Club, demanding their inclusion in the Monthly Pay Order, under which the government pays salaries and benefits to teachers of non-government schools, colleges and technical institutions.
The police also picked up two leaders of teachers before releasing them about one-and-a-half hours later.
About 1,000 teachers under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions’ Teachers and Employees Federation gathered in front of the National Press Club around 10:00am for their pre-declared sit-in protesting at the budget speech of finance minister, which did not include their demand of inclusion in the Monthly Pay Order.
‘In January, prime minister Sheikh Hasina assured us that our jobs would be included in next budget, but unfortunately we did not see any such step in the budget speech,’ the federation senior vice president Shafiqul Islam.
He also said that they were trying to arrange their sit-in peacefully at the footpath adjacent to the Press Club to draw attention from PM, but police forced them to leave the place.
Later, the teachers engaged in scuffle with police and suddenly police picked the federation president Mahmudunnabi Dollar and secretary Binoy Bhushan Roy to in a police van.
Following the move from police, frightened teachers got scattered and took positions in different groups in several places all over the Topkhana road area.
Shahbagh police station officer in-charge Abul Hasan told New Age that the teachers had no permission to hold any gathering at the area, one of the city points where traffic jam occurred frequently.
He claimed that the teacher leaders were released sometimes after they were picked up for ‘talking.’
‘We suggested the organisation leaders to hold any programme after taking permission from proper authorities,’ he added.
About 80,000 teachers of 5,000 non-government schools, colleges and technical institutions are now outside the purview of the Monthly Pay Order.
Educational institutions are generally set up on private initiatives and the government later starts giving salary to the teachers in the form of Monthly Pay Order.
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