A sizeable number of employees along with students of the Vocational Training Institute (VTI), Rawalpindi, came out on roads to resent the non-provision of announced benefits to them.
The protestors headed by Shaukat Javed Malik, Admission Placement Officer, Mohammad Ilyas, Senior Instructor, and other accounts officers taking out a procession from their office were carrying protest flags. They marched on Benazir Bhutto Road and created hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic from Mareer Chowk to Liaquat Bagh Chowk. Raising slogans against the Punjab government, the protestors proceeded towards the Rawalpindi Press Club where they stage a sit-in.
A number of employees without disclosing their names due to fear of action by the concerned quarter informed that VTIs are provincial government institution which are set up in various parts of Punjab. Being a government institution, the employees are not getting benefits of inflation allowances and annual increments despite the government orders in this regard. Besides this, there is no promotion scale formula. Similarly, the employees are deprived of facilities like old age benefit scheme and Pension benefit.
The employees had approached the concerned authorities in this regard for negotiations, however, no concerned official pay heed to our demands, they said. They appealed to the Punjab chief minister to include the employees of the institute in the government pay roll and provide them all kind of incentives enjoyed by workers and officials of other institutions. On failure of acceptance of their demands in near future, the employees would be forced to adopt a strategy, which include boycott of classes. Hungry strike camps would also be set up to get the issues resolved. According to the protestors, the employees of Vocational Training Institutes launched the protest in the entire province.
When this correspondent tried to contact official in the VTI, Principal Colonel (r) Zahid Zulfiqar Qureshi, objected to give comments over the matter. “Anyhow the management is against the protest launched by the employees along with the students. Legal action could also be taken against them on the directions of the government,” he said.
Vocational staff call for regularisation
CHAKWAL, Feb 27: Employees of vocational training institutes (VTIs) came on roads here on Monday to protest against the apathy of the Punjab government.
The staff members of three VTIs, (VTI Chakwal, VTI Jhamra and VTI Balkasar) gathered in front of Chakwal Press Club where they chanted slogans against the government.
They were carrying placards with slogans inscribed on them in favour of their demands. The protesters marched to Tehsil Chowk and blocked city’s main road for nearly two hours.
The protesters were of the view that VTI Chakwal had been functioning for last 13 years but its employees were yet to be regularised. “Even after serving the nation for 13-year period, we are still uncertain of our future,” they added.
They said 160 VTIs were being run in the Punjab and the employees of all these institutions are caught in severe mental agony.
The protesters threatened that they would stage a sit-in in front of Punjab Assembly if their demands were not met within a
“We will block the entrance to Punjab Assembly if the Punjab chief minister fails to address our grievances within a week,” they warned.