New Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s mega show with guest teachers, days after the Delhi Cabinet cleared a salary hike for them, was marred by protests as the upset academic professionals vented their ire against the government for allegedly making “false promises”. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain were also present at the event.
Addressing the gathering, comprised of guest teachers and heads of schools, Kejriwal said the final approval pertaining to the hike was pending with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and he is ready to “snatch it” from him.
Kejriwal also promised to take steps towards making guest teachers permanent, while Sisodia said the first step towards their regularisation have already been taken by rechristening them as “contractual teachers”.
But the restless crowd started demanding that Kejriwal announce from when the new salary structure will be effective, to which he said “soon”. Within moments the crowd started deserting the stands of the stadium.
As the ministers left the dais, a large number of guest teachers gathered and started shouting slogans against Kejriwal and the government, claiming they were “forced” to attend the event with the promise that certain announcements would be made.
They also blocked the arterial ring road, throwing traffic out of gear during the afternoon rush hours. “The government just spoilt our day. Nothing came out of the event. We were expecting an announcement that the new salaries will be applicable from January. This is nothing but drama they have been doing since last year,” a teacher said.
Watch what happened at the event here: