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MLCs put off bandh call for schools, colleges

The protest by 13 Members of the Legislative Council (MLC) demanding reforms in education in front of the Gandhi statue near Vidhana Soudha, entered third day on Saturday.

Published: 10th September 2017 01:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2017 07:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The protest by 13 Members of the Legislative Council (MLC) demanding reforms in education in front of the Gandhi statue near Vidhana Soudha, entered third day on Saturday. They have postponed the call given to shut all schools and colleges across  the state on September 14 after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s  assurance that he would meet them. Arun Shapur, one of the protesting MLCs, said: “The CM  has assured a meeting with us to discuss our demands on  September 15. “

The MLCs have put forth 23 demands that include: Stopping of the contract system in teaching and non-teaching posts and regularising the jobs, private school teachers should get the same privileges as educators from government schools, educational institutions started between 1987  and 1995 be granted aid, transfers be done on time, filling of posts at bifurcated degree and PU colleges, filling of  vacancies at government degree colleges, pension for aided staff, regularisation of the services of guest faculty among others.

“I hope  the CM understands our demands. If our demands  aren’t met by the state government, we would be forced to call a bandh of schools and colleges. Faculty members will join us,” Arun Shapur said.
The protesting MLCs: Arun Shapur, Ramachandre Gowda, Ganesh Karnik, Amarnath  Patil, S V Sankanur, Hanamantha Nirani, Basavaraja Horatti, Puttanna,  Marithibbegowda, K T Srikantegowda, Chowdareddy, Rameshbabu and  Sharanappa Mattur participated in the protest.

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