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Manipur college teachers announce cease work strike from February 3

Manipur college teachers announce cease work strike from February 3
College teachers at a sit-in-protest at YK College in Thoubal district on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 1 | Publish Date: 2/1/2020 12:33:18 PM IST

Striking teachers of government colleges in Manipur will go on cease-work strike from February 3 as Federation of Government College Teachers' Association Manipur (FEGOCTA) on Saturday announced intensifying their ongoing strike.

With adoption of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations 2018 as key demand, the teachers of government colleges have been on strike since January 28 last. The teachers staged the protest at YK College, Wangjing in Thoubal district on Saturday.

Among others, leaders of FEGOCTA and teachers from different colleges in Thoubal district including the teaching staff of the YK College participated in the protest.

During Saturday’s protest, FEGOCTA leaders announced that the association has decided to commence indefinite cease work strike from February 3 in its emergency meeting of the executive committee of FEGOCTA on Friday.

Besides abstaining from taking classes, the teachers will also cease all activities related to academic activities in their respective colleges. However, there will be relaxation in the activities related to examinations, the leaders added.

The meeting further resolved to launch mass mobilisation on their demands till February 5 for a protest rally on the next day, February 6. 

The teachers will carry out the mass rally on the streets in Imphal on February 6 and if  the government is still silent, the teachers will consider launching more intensified stir from the next day, the leaders informed.

Unhappy with the non-implementation of 7th UGC pay and regulations; a long pending demand, the teachers of government colleges have resumed their strike on February 28.

The strike resumed after no positive response from the government to the January 27 deadline set by FEGOCTA to the government to issue order implementing their demands.

FEGOCTA has been claiming that the state government had already agreed to their demands and the state cabinet had also approved implementation of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations 2018 in principal.

Teachers of the government colleges have been pressing the state government to adopt the 7th UGC Pay and Regulations 2018 since September 2019. The teachers’ body alleged that the state government is indifferent in addressing its demands.

While demanding to fulfil their demands, they had even resorted to cease-work strikes. The latest one launched in November last year was suspended after state education minister Th Radheyshyam assured them that he would put the matter to state cabinet within November 4, 2019.

A cabinet meeting convened on November 4 agreed in principal to adopt the 7th UGC Pay and Regulations 2018 to the teachers of government colleges. However, the necessary order this effect is yet to be issued.

 

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