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Mnp govt school teachers begin relay-hunger strike in Imphal

Mnp govt  school teachers begin relay-hunger strike in Imphal
Teachers of government schools staging relay-hunger strike under the aegis of COTA at ZEO Khoyanthong Imphal on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 29 | Publish Date: 2/29/2020 11:52:21 AM IST

Agitating teachers of government schools in Manipur intensified their stir by starting a relay hunger strike here on Saturday.

The teachers were agitating against the non-implementation of their demands which include among others;  rectification of ROP (Revision of Pay) 2019 under the aegis of Council of Teachers' Association (COTA).

The teachers were on cease-work strike besides staging sit-in-protest since the commencement of their strike from the first week of February against the state government’s alleged apathy towards their demands.

The teachers were demanding adoption of 7th Central revised pay in post to post parity and rectification of the ROP 2019 while alleging that the latest ROP has reduced their pay scales to the level of 5th Pay Commission.

The relay hunger strike which  began on Sunday will continue till March 7, said COTA co-convener Dr Longjam Ritendro who took part in the first day of the relay-hunger strike outside the ZEO zone complex in Imphal’s Khoyathong.

Dr Ritendro alleged that despite series of protests and strikes, the state government remained indifferent to their demands.

According to the co-convener, the order effecting ROP 2019 to the government employees issued recently had downward teachers’ pay, completely shattered the purpose and intent of the Central 7th Pay Commission recommendation.

Last August, the government teachers’ association had submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, requesting rectification and implementation of ROP 2019.

In December last, the team had also submitted an ultimatum  to the chief minister. However, the state government failed to give any positive response to their demands till date, the co-convener alleged.

“We are ready to fight against the government to demand our legitimate rights. Until and unless the government fulfil our demands, we will continue our protests,” said Dr Ritendro.

He hinted that if the state government fails to address their demand even after the relay-hunger strike, they will resort to fast-unto-death stir.

Dr Ritendro alleged that the state government had already granted the demands of the college teachers to implement the UGC 7th pay scale. 

However, till now, the state government have not reached out or arranged for any sort of solution for the government teachers.

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