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Unemployed yoga instructors hold rally for Govt jobs

| | Dehradun | in Dehradun

To pressure the State Government to meet their long-pending demands, scores of Yoga Trained Unemployed Federation (YTUF) members carried out a rally up to the Secretariat shouting slogans against the State Government in Dehradun on Friday.

However, they were restricted at Kanak Chowk police barricade much ahead of the Secretariat. The administration had made elaborate arrangements as adequate policemen and several sub-inspectors were deployed to ensure peace during the rally.

The protesters sat on demonstration at police barricade at Kanak Chowk and asked the administrative officers to facilitate   a meeting for them with the Chief Minister. The protesters called off their day-long strike after Dehradun city magistrate Lalit Narayan Mishra who was also present at the protest site assured them that a meeting with the CM would be arranged by Friday evening.

YTUF general secretary Shankar Singh Manral said that they have been agitating for a long time, demanding redress of their one-point demand of the YTUF members being given jobs in the Government schools and colleges. “Our stir has been continuing over the many days, but the government keeps on sitting on the demand. Things are really grim for us as despite the cabinet having decided to appoint yoga teachers in Government schools and colleges way back in February, 2014 and subsequent notification being issued  thereafter, nothing has been done to implement the decision on the ground over the past one and half years. This is unfortunate, reflecting poorly on the gulf between its commitment and action,” he added.

Manral warned that they would be forced to intensify their stir across the State if their demands are not met at the earliest. Dozens of agitators, including women members of the union, assembled at protest site in Parade Ground and shouted slogans against the State Government for their alleged nonchalance regarding their pending demands.

One of the protesters said that several memorandums had been submitted to the administrative offices and state ministers but to no avail.  They further alleged that the State government has been playing with the future of the trained yoga teachers by sitting on their demands indefinitely.



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