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Tevta workers stage protest

TAXILA, May 27: Scores of teaching staff and students of Government Polytechnic College along with the employees of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) blocked Taxila-Hattar road on Saturday against police torture on Tevta employees in Lahore Wednesday.

Holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the Punjab government and the police, the protesters also demanded regularisation of their services and upgradation of their pay scales.

Speaking on the occasion, the representatives of the protesters said police had subject the teaching staff in Lahore to severe torture, dragged them on roads and bundled them into vehicles when they established a peaceful camp to draw attention of the authorities towards non-regularisation of their services.

They criticised the inordinate delay in regularisation of more than 5,300 contractual employees of Tevta for the last 13 years.

They said the teaching and non-teaching employees of Tevta remained deprived of their constitutional rights of salary and allowances.

They said employees in other government departments were getting financial relief every year but the Tevta staff were still deprived of the right.