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Govt. teachers demands Ibobi Singh resignation
Correspondent Imphal, Feb 18:
Published on 18 Feb. 2011 11:41 PM IST
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The impasse between the teachers and government widen as the striking teachers demanded the resignation of chief minister, O. Ibobi Singh on Friday.
Reacting to the Chief Minister’s statement made on Thursday that the state does not have resources to meet the teachers’ demand and it would be better for him to resign, the striking teachers said that his statement was nothing but propaganda to victimize the teachers.
Sirajuddin Shah, convener COTA said that the state government had agreed by signing a MoU with the striking teachers’ body and by not keeping his promise, Ibobi proved himself an unqualified leader. COTA while stating that the government education policy has failed in the state said that having few students in government schools was not their fault but it was fault of the state government policy.
“Dishonoring teachers is same as neglecting human resources and neglecting human resource will bring nothing loss of the state. So, it will be better for Ibobi to tender resignation as the chief minister”, COTA convener stated.
Further stating that Ibobi’s revelation of not fulfilling the demands of the teachers was like abolition of government schools, COTA asks whether it was a hidden agenda of the SPF government.
Reiterating that they do not fear from resigning as teachers, Sirajuddin Shah said that the ongoing fast-unto-death stir itself was a clear proof that the teachers can sacrifice their lives for truth and will continue the stir till their demand was fulfilled.
Commenting on the poor state of the government run schools, Sirajuddin Shah also said that the CM should bear the moral responsibilities for the declination of the schools.
Earlier on Thursday, the chief minister taking to reporters said that the state has no financial resources to meet the extra expenditure to be incurred, while paying the sixth revised central pays to the teachers. It will be better to resign as chief minister as it will throw the state into the pool of heavy financial deficit.
Meanwhile, another 24 teachers were arrested on Friday. Altogether 179 teachers have been arrested by the police since the agitation started on January 14.

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