Will teacher unions’ ire against KCR impact ZPTC, MPTC elections?

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Hyderabad: At a time when Telangana is heading for ZPTC and MPTC elections, a fresh row has emerged targeting the chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who commented that what’s need of having several unions for teachers.

Telangana chief minister’s latest remarks against teachers have triggered a fresh tussle against the KCR as teachers’ unions started protests against such remarks.

“If KCR doesn’t act immediately to ease off ire among teachers, then definitely it’ll impact the ZPTC and MPTC elections. However, this is subject to what level Congress and other opposition parties leverage on this opportunity. Let’s see how KCR will handle this sensitive situation. May be KCR comes up with an assurance on pending demands of teachers,” said a political analyst.

Teachers’ unions have been demanding for implementation of Pay Revision Commission (PRC) from July 2018 and scrapping contributory pension scheme, etc.

“At this juncture, KCR commented that teachers in Telangana are paid higher salaries when compared with other states in the country. We demand immediately withdrawal of KCR’s comments against us. The chief minister should focus on resolving our pending issues. But, the way he’s commenting will tarnish our image in the society. How can the chief minister question on having more number of unions for teachers. All these unions played a vital role during ‘Sakala Janula Samme’ for the cause of Telangana statehood. That time, TRS chief didn’t have any problem with the number of unions,” remarked D Sanjiv Rao from Telangana State United Teachers’ Federation.

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