Rawalpindi-A large number of college lecturers and professors took out a protest rally on Tuesday at Government Asghar Mall Boys Degree College to denounce the policies of provincial government and in favour of their demands.

Teachers protested against the decision of the government to recover salaries paid to contract college teachers after they were duly regularized.

They blocked the roads for vehicular movement posing hardships for commuters and pedestrians.

The rally was headed by Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) Punjab President Abdul Khaliq Naddeem and Rawalpindi Division President Liaqat Abbasi.

Meanwhile, the female lecturers also staged a protest against the policies of Punjab government at Postgraduate College for Women 6th Road.

According to details, a large number of male college teachers gathered at Government Asghar Mall Boys Degree College at about 11am and later came out of the college in the form of a rally and marched towards Saidpur Road.

The teacher then returned to the college peacefully. They chanted slogans against CM, Provincial Education Minister and Secretary what they called callousness of higher education department Punjab and in favour their demands.

The protest rally was also joined by a good number of college students who vowed they would support their teachers for their demands.

PPLA Divisional President Prof Liaqat Abbasi said that the college teachers were upset on a decision of the government to recover salaries paid to contract college teachers after they were duly regularized.

Explaining his point, Prof Liaquat Abbasi said that teachers were hired on contract basis through Punjab Public Service Commission in four batches in 2002, 2005, 2009, and in 2012.

The government regularized the contract batches in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015 respectively. Government provide due pay protection to first two batches as they were given all annual increments that they got during contract tenure after their regularization.

He further explained that the government however did not provide the pay protection to the third and fourth batch after their regularization and did not pay them the annual increments.

The decision was taken after the regularized contract school teachers demanded pay protection.

He added that the government last year also decided to withdraw pay protection from contract teachers regularized in 2009 and 2010.

Now the government had decided to recover the money paid to them after their regularization. He said that PPLA last year had a meeting with secretary higher education commission Punjab and they agreed that the secretary would send a summary to the chief minister for not recovering the salaries already paid to the teachers and providing them pay protection and service security.

He added that the secretary however had not put up the summary and the teachers had been facing uncertain situation.

On the other hand, a similar protest demonstration was held at Government Postgraduate College for Women Satellite Town near 6th Road. The women teachers also chanted slogans against the policies of the education department.