MP teacher recruitment 2017: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday agreed to the demands of teachers protesting in the state. The teachers will now be included in Education Department as regular teachers with over 2.84 lakh teachers benefiting from it. 2017 saw a spate of incidents where various groups, organisations, and aggrieved sections resorted to unique protests. In keeping continuity, a group of teachers in Bhopal also tonsured their heads as a mark of protests demanding equal wage for all among a host of other demands. Teachers from across the state, males and females alike, were seen getting their heads tonsured while sitting down to protest at the BHEL Jamboorie ground. The main demand of the protesters was that their services be brought under the education department and they be provided facilities given to government employees.
Azad Adhyapak Sangh’s working president Shivraj Verma said the act by Shilpi Siwan (Mhow), Seema Kshirsagar (Alirajpur), Archana Sharma (Jabalpur) and Renuka Sagar (Raisen) was a first for their protest. He said that the teachers had planned to “present” the chopped off hair to Sadhna Singh, wife of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, but were prevented from reaching the CM’s residence by the authorities.
Meanwhile, in December, the Anganwadi and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers and guest teachers went on strike in Bhopal’s Shahjahani Park in protest against the Madhya Pradesh government and demanded permanent employment and pay hike. Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh had also joined the protest. The Delhi government had already hiked the salaries of Anganwadi workers to over Rs 9000 a month. In Kerala, Anganwadi workers earn Rs 10,000 a month. The Gujarat government had announced a 50 percent hike in the salaries of ASHAorkers in the state.