As the Education Providers Union was gearing up for a state-level rally against the government on July 17, the police today picked up the union president Ajmer Singh Aulakh from his native Tajapatti village this morning.
The police were suspecting that union members across the state were planning to move to Abohar to hold a protest. They released him in the afternoon saying that there was some misconception.
Aulakh said union activists had in the past staged a dharna in Mohali for 235 days and a call was given to hold a state-level rally in Mohali on July 17.
The state government leaders and officials had given assurances to take a positive decision on the fate of 6,500 education providers, but to no avail, he said.
Working since 2004, the state government was giving them a “meagre” Rs 7,500 to Rs 9,000 as allowance. He added that the union would intensify their stir after July 17, if their demands were not accepted.