2,500 JBT trainees join state-wide protest
Shimla: Twenty-five-hundred JBT trainees today sat on fast unto death at the headquarters of eight districts in Himachal Pradesh as protest against the state government.
According to a press note issued by the action committee of the trainees, the students were assured during admission that jobs would be provided to them, but the government did not honour it. The trainees said it had not been made cleared whether they would be given employment on contract basis or as permanent employees.
The action committee has alleged that the government had cheated and misled them and forced them to resort to the extreme step of launching a fast unto death at the headquarters of 8 districts including Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, Kinnaur, Chamba, Sirmour, Hamirpur and Solan. Of the 2,500 trainees, 1,750 are from government schools and 750 from private schools. Presently there are only 422 vacancies of JBT teachers in the state. It is being questioned as to why the 2008 batch was admitted if the government had only 422 vacancies.