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Govt. teachers in Mnp threaten hunger strike

Govt. teachers in Mnp threaten hunger strike
Striking teachers of Manipur government schools protesting inside ZEO Bishnupur district on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 22 | Publish Date: 2/22/2020 11:17:56 AM IST

Striking teachers of government schools in Manipur on Saturday threatened to launch hunger strike if the state government fails to address their demands.

Teachers of government schools were on cease work strike since the first week of February under the aegis of Council of Teachers' Association (COTA). COTA comprises of the All Manipur Elementary School Teachers' Association, All Manipur Secondary School Teachers' Association, and All Manipur Government Higher Secondary Lecturers Welfare Association.

The teachers have been pressing the state government to adopt pay structures recommended by the 7th Pay Commission to the teachers serving in government and higher secondary schools.

While resorting to cease work strike, the teachers also staged a protest at the zonal education offices (ZEO) at various districts.

On Saturday, the teachers staged a protest inside the ZEO premises at Bishnupur district headquarters.

Taking part in the protest, COTA convenor Ch Shantakumar strongly condemned the adamant attitude of the state government towards addressing the demands of the teachers.

He threatened that if the government continues to sideline their demands, they will launch different modes of intense agitations if due process to implement the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in toto is not initiated at the earliest.

“We are currently staging sit-in-protest at ZEOs. Different modes of agitation such as relay hunger strike, courting mass arrest and fast unto death would be launched,” he said.

To take a decision in this regard, a general body meeting of COTA will be convened after consultation with teachers’ bodies affiliated to COTA, he said.

He said that they had submitted memorandum after memorandum to the chief minister since August last year demanding implementation of the 7th Pay in toto. However, there was no response till date.

In addition to implementation of the 7th Pay, the government must rectify the Revision of Pay (ROP) 2019 for school teachers.

ROP 2019 has pushed down school teachers to the lowest level and even implementation of 7th Pay would not be able to correct this injustice, Shantakumar said.

ROP was done every 10 years by the government taking into account the inflation rate, he asserted.

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