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Lecturers quit ahead of road-blockade
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 2:
Published on 2 Mar. 2009 11:43 PM IST
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Two government-appointed college lecturers in the city here quit ahead of the two-day night road blockade to protest their appointment, which began Monday evening. The two lecturers Oinam Govind Singh and Ratnadeep Roy were appointed as lecturers in the department of Physical Chemistry and Physics at St. Anthony’s and St. Edmund’s college respectively tendered their resignations to the principals. Khasi Student’s Union, Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People and Synjuk Ki Seng Samla Shnong opposed the appointment alleging that the government violated state’s job reservation policy. The organisations have called a two-day night road blockade in Shillong city from 7 p.m Monday. KSU president Samuel Jyrwa however said that they have decided to go ahead with the agitations saying that they did not ask for the resignation of the lecturers, but asked the government to come out clear with a clear cut statement that such mistake would not be repeated in future. “We did not ask for the resignation of the lecturers, but it is good that they understood, the gravity of the matter, but the government has to come out with a statement that the mistake would not be repeated in future”, Jyrwa said,. Singh faxed his resignation letter from Manipur stating that he “would not want to be the cause of law and order problem.” On Monday, another college lecturer, Roy also tendered resignation from his post stating that “without prejudice to continue” his post was tendering his resignation. CM Donkupar Roy asked deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills B Dhar to relay back the message to the agitating organisations and subsequently urge them to call off their road blockade in view of the resignation of the two lecturers. Meanwhile, the district administration have imposed prohibitory orders along the National Highway 40 and banning obstruction of vehicles.

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