Dehradun : 31 August, 2015
Thousands of unemployed yoga teachers from all 13 districts under the aegis of Yoga Qualified Unemployed Federation will assemble in Srinagar on Tuesday to hold a mass meeting to get the demand for their appointments addressed.
"We have been demanding for years that the government create posts to hire us, either in schools or other state departments. Every time they give us false assurances and we halt our protest. However, thousands of us are still unemployed," said Rakesh Semwal, state president, Yoga Qualified Unemployed Federation.
Sources said, former cabinet minister Shoorveer Singh Sajwan is likely to attend the meeting and guide the agitators on how to get their demand addressed.
"I earned a diploma in Yoga Science in 2008, but I never got a job. Either the government should arrange for jobs for qualified individuals or do away with yoga courses in colleges. We are hoping that at the meeting, some concrete strategies will be formulated to get the issue of our appointments addressed," said Sunita Rana, an unemployed yoga instructor from Srinagar.
The state has nearly 22,000 qualified yoga teachers who have been demanding employment for years. In the past, they have held intensive protests in the state capital besides burning the chief minister's and state government's effigies.