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Agitating college teachers in Manipur dismiss CM’s appeal

Agitating college teachers in Manipur dismiss CM’s appeal
Teachers of YK College, Thoubal staging sit-in-protest demanding 7th UGC Pay and Regulation 2018 on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 10 | Publish Date: 2/10/2021 11:20:44 AM IST

Agitating government college teachers in Manipur on Wednesday dismissed state government’s blamed on COVID-19 pandemic behind the delay in fulfilling their demands.

While making an appeal to the agitating teachers to cooperate with the government and come to the negotiation table, state chief minister N Biren Singh had told the house of state Assembly in the ongoing budget session that the implementation of the 7th Pay was affected and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state government had already agreed to implement college teachers’ demands. However, the implementation process has been affected by the pandemic and as such it is taking time," Singh had said.

He then informed the house that efforts were on to implement the 7th Pay and the government needs three-four months time as it is facing the unprecedented Covid pandemic.

Dismissing the blame, Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA) asked if the government was serious enough to implement national policy of UGC in pre-Covid-19 time.

FEGOCTA has been requesting the government of Manipur to implement 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 since December, 2018, the apex body of the government college teachers asserted. 

And, added that the state government had given three written assurances to FEGOCTA to implement UGC policy in pre-Covid-19 pandemic and were not fulfilled.

Two cabinet approvals in principle were taken in the pre-Covid-19 time on November 29, 2019 and on February 11, 2020, it recalled. Ahead of the launching of the ongoing agitations, FEGOCTA had submitted a written ultimatum to the government on January 11, 2021 to issue the orders of the cabinet approval by January 27. 

Meanwhile, teachers continued staging sit-in-protests at the campuses of their respective schools today also.

 

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