SPLA plans to launch protest campaign
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) on Thursday said that it would take out a protest rally and stage a sit-in on March 1 at the People’s Secretariat if the SPLA demands concerning promotions and postings of college teachers across the province were not met by Feb 28.
Announcing the details of its two-week long protest plan at a news conference at the DJ Government Science College, SPLA central and regional presidents and general secretaries said that prior to staging the sit-in at the Sindh People’s Secretariat, college teachers would hold their regional general body meeting the same day (March 1) at the Islamia Arts and Commerce College and would organise a protest demonstration in front of the Naudero presidential house on March 5.
Another regional general body meeting would be held on March 10 at the Govt Muslim Science College, Hyderabad and protest rallies at the Hyderabad Press Club would be held the same day while a final protest rally from the DJ Science College to the Sindh Chief Minister’s House would be organised on March 15, they said.
Prof Asif Zaidi, Prof Siddik Unnar, Prof Muzaffar Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Aazmi, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Khurram Rafique Siddiqui, Prof Shafquat Hussain Jokhio and others addressed the press conference.
The SPLA leaders said that their demands included the issuance of a notification pertaining to college teachers’ promotion under the time scale formula, the immediate postings of various grade 20 professors, the issuance of the notification of all those teachers who were recently promoted from grade 18 to grade 19 and the posting orders of grade 17 lecturers and the inclusion of all the posts upgraded under the four-tier formula from 1992 to 2003.
They said that SPLA during the first phase of its 15-day protest movement, starting from Feb 25, would request the Sindh governor, the chief minister, the education minister and the secretary of education to immediately hold negotiations with SPLA for resolving their lingering issues.
Besides, telegrams would also be dispatched to the president, the prime minister, the chief justice of the country and the federal minister for education with a request to intervene in the matter.