Manipur government employees cease work amid COVID crisis

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 7 | Publish Date: 7/7/2020 1:08:55 PM IST

College teachers on Tuesday joined the cease work strike of government employees of Manipur which commenced on Monday.

At a time when the state is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, employees of the state government launched indefinite cease work strike demanding implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendation under the aegis of Manipur Government Services’ Federation (MGSF). The employees’ body alleged that even after it agreed to implement  the 7th Pay Commission recommendation with effect from April 2020, it was yet to be implemented. The association claimed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government on June 8, 2018 that the DA/DR of state government employees will be enhanced at par with the central government employees from April 1, 2020.

The cease work strike has so far not affected the government’s fight against COVID-19 as employees under essential service categories, including frontline workers like doctors and nurses are yet to join the strike. The strike will however certainly add burden on college  students already impacted by the pandemic as teachers under the aegis of Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA), Manipur have joined the strike.

The teachers’ body has suspended the online classes and boycotted the examinations, admissions and other academic activities of government colleges with effect from Tuesday. 

While announcing the cease work strike, FEGOCTA general secretary N Somorendro told reporters today that the decision to commence the strike was taken up as a part of agitation against the state government’s failure to implement the 7th Pay for the government colleges and teachers of technical institutes.

He alleged that though the state cabinet had already approved the 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 in February this year, necessary orders regarding the matter were yet to be issued by the government.

Reminders have been submitted three times by FEGOCTA to the government but there was no positive response, he added.

Somorendro informed that college teachers working in the quarantine centres will be performing their duties with black badges and the association will support the movement of Manipur Government Services’ Federation (MGSF) which has around 1,40,000 members.

The strike will however not cover duties or activities coming under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the general secretary announced. He said that this time FEGOCTA will not retreat unless the state government issues an order adopting the 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018.

At the sametime, he asserted that without implementing national policy of UGC and priority to HRD in Manipur, Central government’s missions like ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,’ ‘Sabka Vishwash’ and ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ will not be able to be achieved.


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