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Mnp government college teachers threatens to resume stir from Jan 28

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 10 | Publish Date: 1/10/2021 11:14:22 AM IST
Teachers of government colleges in Manipur on Sunday threatened to resume their suspended stirs if the state government fails to pass an order implement the 7th University Grants Commission (UGC) Pay and Regulations 2018 on or before January 27.
Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA), a body of the government teachers have been pressing the state government to implement the 7th University Grants Commission (UGC) Pay and Regulations 2018.
The state government had also approved the adoption of the latest revised pay structures for the college teachers recommended by the University Grant Commission (UGC) in August 2020. 
However, orders to this effect were yet to be issued by the state government till date, FEGOCTA alleged, in a news conference held today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal today.
FEGOCTA general secretary Dr N Somorendro said that the demands of the teachers had already been approved by the state cabinet in-principle but it failed to materialise till date.
Dr N Somorendro alleged that while the state government is yet to implement the demand for pay structures recommended by the 7th Central Commission, UGC had notified its latest regulations having 7th Pay and qualifications for recruitment and promotion of the teachers in universities and colleges on July 18, 2018. 
He also alleged that even after the state cabinet approved, no necessary steps to adopt the latest revised pay structure were taken up on the part of the pertinent authority.
An executive meeting of the FEGOCTA convened on Saturday (January 9) thoroughly discussed the non-implementation of their demands till date. 
The meeting unanimously resolved to resume suspended stirs of the teachers from the next day if the state government fails to issue the necessary orders by January 27, he added.
“We will be compelled to resume our suspended agitations if the state government fails to fulfil their demands by January 27,” Dr Somorendro warned.
“We have decided to suspend all online as well as offline classes, NAAC and other academic related activities along with different forms of democratic protests from January 28,” he added.
He then appealed to the state chief minister and education minister to address the demands of the teachers considering the academic careers of the students.
He asserted that teachers were aware of brunt to be received by the students owing to the strike of the teachers, but the government’s apathy towards addressing their demands always compelled the teachers to launch strikes.
“We have no intention of doing anything that affects students’ careers, but we are forced to launch the strike by the government,” he said.
Mention may be made that on many occasions, college teachers had launched strikes including cease work strike only to be suspended after government assurances to address the demands.
The last agitation launched by the teachers under FEGOCTA was suspended in August last year.
FEGOCTA had suspended the stairs with a great hope and faith that the government would implement the 7th Pay but apathy on the part of the government had shattered all, he added.
 

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