Government teachers storm education office in Imphal

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 20 | Publish Date: 7/20/2019 12:19:00 PM IST
Hundreds of government school teachers on Saturday stormed the office of director of state education (school) registering a strong rejection to the revised Manipur Services (Revision Pay) Rules 2019.
The teachers stormed the education department office at Lamphelpat around 11 am and when the director was not found in his office, they remained seated inside the office complex till 1 pm.
The teachers alleged that the revised rules have downgraded their pay to the 5th Pay of 2009.
The teachers stormed the director’s office under the aegis of three teachers' bodies – Manipur Government Higher Secondary Lecturers' Welfare Association (MGHSLWA), All Manipur Primary Teachers' Association (AMPTA) and Graduate Teachers' Association (GTA).
The bodies had earlier announced taking mass casual leave from today (Saturday against the recently passed Manipur Services (Revision Pay) Rules 2019.
Leaders of the striking teachers met the director who returned the office around 1pm. However, with no consensus arrived during the talks, the teachers announced continuation of their strike.
Talking to reporters, MGHSLWA general secretary M Jadumani alleged that the revision of pay has downgraded their pay package.
Jadumani said that the teachers were ready to intensify their agitation until and unless the state government rectifies the wrongs in the Revision of Pay 2019.
He alleged that the state government totally betrayed the teaching community. He said that government issued the order affecting the revised service rules revising the pay structures of government employees even as they have submitted memoranda to rectify the present pay scale.
In this regard, they had also held several rounds of meetings with the chief minister, education minister and education director .
The pay scale of other departments in the recently passed Manipur Services (Revision of Pay) has not been affected, he added.

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