On the second day of Arvind Kejriwal’s Janta Darbar after his return from Bengaluru, a group of German language teachers whose careers have been put under a cloud since HRD Minister Smriti Irani questioned the need for teaching a foreign language in schools, and another disgruntled group of contractual workers under the government’s AIDS project were among the hundreds who met Delhi Chief Minister.
A group of almost 30 people, who were deployed to work for AIDS projects by the previous government, claimed that funding came to a halt after Delhi came under President’s rule leading to non-payment of their salaries.
“We were engaged to work under the HIV/AIDS programme of the Delhi government, but for more than eight months neither we have been paid, nor a single rupee has been allocated for the funding of the programme,” a worker who met Kejriwal said.
He said the Delhi Chief Minister has assured them to give “serious thought” into the case.
Around 25 German language teachers also urged Kejriwal to incorporate German in the State’s school curriculum and enable them to earn a living, citing the Centre’s decision to scrap the language from Kendriya Vidyala schools as a third language.
“We are very upset over the Centre’s move to replace German language as a subject from KV schools. If it happens almost 1,000 German teachers and over 7,000 students would suffer,” a member of the group said.
Kejriwal arrived at the hearing venue around 9.30 am, well ahead of the scheduled time, and met almost all the applicants.
Kejriwal has been holding such public hearings every week on Wednesday, Thursday andFriday, since assuming office, barring the 12-day period when he was in Bengaluru for naturopathy treatment.