By Faisal Fareed, TwoCircles.net,
Lucknow: The Moallim-e-Urdu association will go on indefinite dharna from September 28 to protest against the state government's decision making Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET) compulsory for the Moallim-e-Urdu degree holders for appointment as government teachers.
The association in a meeting on Saturday demanded that state government should instead allow direct recruitment of the Moallim-e-Urdu degree holders. "Our case is different from other aspirants. For past 15 years we have been agitating for appointment as government teachers. Now 90 percent of the Moallim-e-Urdu degree holders cannot clear the TET and thus they will be debarred from appointment as government teachers," rued President of the association, Hesamuddin Siddiqui.
The Moallim-e-Urdu degree holders have held violent protest in the past demanding government jobs. They bore the police brunt and once even climbed the overhead tank to stress for their demands. After these incidents, state government finally agreed to their demands and announced that they will be appointed as government teachers. It even withdrew the SLP from apex court thus agreeing to their demands.
However, the rider of TET has been attached with their appointment. "The government understands that we are Muslims and it is devising ways to deny us government jobs," said Hesammuddin. The association also threatened to oppose ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) tooth and nail in the coming assembly elections if the state government did not withdraw the mandatory clause of clearing TET.