Raipur: Around 2,600 Youth Congress workers, including its national President Amrinder Singh Raja Brar, were arrested when they tried to’gherao’ the residence of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today to protest against outsourcingto fill vacant posts of schoolteachers.
Brar, State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, State Youth Congress President Uttam Vasudev, Congress MLAs Amit Jogi, Rajendra Rai and Siyaram Kaushik along with around 3,000 party supporters took out a march to Singh’s residence when they were stopped at OCM Chowk by police.
Around 2,600 Youth Congress workers, including senior leaders, were arrested and later released unconditionally, Raipur Superintendent of Police Badri Narayan Meena told PTI.
Brar, Vasudev and the three MLAs were among those who were taken into custody, he said.
Police put up barricades and used force to stop Youth Congress workers at OCM Chowk, the SP said.
No any untoward incident was reported during the protest.
The BJP Government has decided to fill up vacancies in schools and hospitals of the State’s tribal-dominated Surguja and Bastar divisions through outsourcing. Under the proposal, applications will be invited from all over the country to fill up vacant posts and the task of recruitment will be given to private companies and agencies.
Opposition Congress has opposed the idea of outsourcing, saying local youths should be given opportunity in these jobs instead of inviting aspirants from other States.