JSRTAM begins cease-work strike in Manipur

JSRTAM begins cease-work strike in Manipur
SSA and RMSA teachers staging protest at Imphal West ZEO office. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 13 | Publish Date: 1/13/2020 11:19:38 AM IST

A section of teachers of schools under Manipur government commenced their cease-work strike even as chief minister N Biren Singh assured to address their demands.

Teachers of the government schools appointed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) launched the cease-work strike under the aegis of Joint SSA and RMSA Teachers’ Association Manipur (JSRTAM).

They key demands of the teachers include regular release of monthly salaries, introduction of promotion avenue with the same level as that of other teachers of state education department and to absorb the teachers as state cadre.

With these key demands, the teachers have been launching different forms of stirs from time to time.

This time, the teachers vowed that they will not retreat until and unless the state government comes up with a permanent solution to their long pending demands.

“We are fed up with the false promises of the government. We will not withdraw our stir until government comes up with a long term policy while addressing our demands,” JSRTAM spokesperson Ngasam Shingajit declared before the media.

The spokesperson was talking to reporters at Imphal ZEO (Zonal Education Office) at Khoyathong where a large number of teachers turned up and remained seated at the veranda of the office.

“We are staging protest here to mark the beginning of the indefinite cease-work and to highlight our demands to the concern officials of the education department,” Shingajit said.

The teachers staged the protest under a banner read as “We are appointed as regular teachers, give us our right” and many placards highlighting their plights were displayed.

“Don’t give false promises”, “Don’t test our patience”, “No pay no work”, “We too have families”, etc. read some of the placards displayed at the protest site.

Similar protests were staged at the premises of ZEO in other districts too, the spokesperson claimed.

JSRTAM spokesperson alleged that the teachers appointed under Central sponsored SSA and RAMSA schemes were not treated as regular teachers even as they were appointed by the state government. 

“We are not paid regularly. We receive our salaries only for two or three months in a year. We have not received salary for the last six months,” he said and asked in such condition how they can run their families.

Besides, their service has no promotion facility, he added.

He maintained that memorandums were submitted repeatedly to the state chief minister, the education minister and the directorate as well. 

All of them had given their verbal assurance to address their demands. However, none of their demands was translated into work so far, he lamented.

Government was well aware of the grievances of the teachers, said chief minister N Biren Singh while responding to a query from the reporters on the sideline of a government function today.

The demands of the SSA and RMSA teachers were reasonable, he asserted and blamed the previous government.

No clear-cut service condition was set at the time of recruitment and appointment of the teachers under SSA and RMSA by the previous government, he alleged.

Singh maintained that disbursement of salaries of the teachers was not a matter of concern. Government was in the process of disbursing their salaries, he added.

However, the concern was with the service matter of the teachers which the state government feels the need for a thorough review before taking decision. 

“The state government needs to review thoroughly before addressing their demands concerning the service matter,” he said.

The matter will be tabled in a cabinet meeting soon to explore ways to resolve the matters, he assured.


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