Andhra Pradesh: Several teachers and members of the teachers’ associations were who are detained by the Andhra Pradesh police in the city on Monday. Following the ‘Chalo CMO’ call given by teachers’ associations, led by the United Teachers Forum (UTF) against the contributory pension scheme (CPS), the city police blocked several roads and deployed personnel to prevent the entry of protestors into Guntur district at Kanakadurga Varadhi and Prakasam Barrage.
The police put fences and pickets at the Pundit Nehru Bus Station, Railway station and other areas and foiled the bid of several teachers, who came in groups and held placards.
According to reports, over 100 protestors were detained in the morning and were released later in the evening. Also, several activists were placed under house arrest. Meanwhile, the State government constituted a committee to examine the issue of CPS and to deliberate with the employees’ association.
According to a government order, Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Adimulapu Suresh, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy and the Chief Secretary to Government have been named as the members of the committee. The committee was asked to discuss with the employees’ associations and furnish recommendations to the government.
Meanwhile, teachers’ associations called the new committee constitution another excuse to sideline the issue.
In a release, AP Teachers Federation president Ch. Majula and secretary K. Bhanu Murthy said that the YSRCP which promised to cancel CPS immediately after forming the government prolonged the issue to date and had now formed another committee to sideline the issue. They said the teachers would stage a protest on Tuesday evening by wearing black ribbons at all the Taluka offices across the State.