As the Punjab government is concerned over the increasing cases of crop residue burning, it decided to set up surveillance committees to achieve farmers not to burn stubble. The committee will also record burning incidents in the villages.
The committees will consist of officials and employees from various departments and the Mansa District administration included the teachers in the committees as well.
Teachers opposed the decision of the government
However, the teacher’s organizations have opposed the decision by saying that they are already providing online education to the students. Besides, they do not want to conflict with farmers at a time when the farmers are engaged in the struggle against the farm laws.
The organizations have decided to hold a protest against the decision According to which they are put in a situation where they have to take on the farmers.
Teachers are already busy in providing online classes
Various groups are made in the districts to reach out to the farmers. Democratic Teachers Front, district Mansa secretary, Amolak Singh Deluana defended teachers and said that teachers are already involved in providing online classes to the students and they should not be burdened with this additional duty.
He also pointed out that farmers are protesting against the new farm laws and during this controversial time, the teachers will face the heat of the Farmers if they will take or recommend any action regarding stubble burning.
Hence, he informed us that they will organize a protest against the decision on Friday to get teachers free from this wrong timed responsibility.
The decision will lead to differences between farmers and teachers
Adhyapak Dal, district Mansa president Gurjit Singh said that the state government’s decision will lead to differences between the teachers and the farmers.
Mohinder Pal who is Mansa deputy commissioner said, “Officials of various departments have been assigned duties to prevail upon farmers against burning stubble According to the state government orders. Currently, stopping stubble burning is an important task and teachers are eligible for this as schools are not opening yet. If schools open it will be seen but they can do this duty after school hours.”