Manipur: FEGOCTA to launch series of protest from today

Newmai News Network

Imphal | September 23

With the deadline set by them ended, teachers of government colleges under the Manipur government on Monday announced a series of protest programme to be launched from Tuesday.

Teachers of colleges under the Manipur government, under the banner of Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA) Manipur, had served an ultimatum to the state government to adopt 7th Pay and UGC Regulations 2018 within September 23.

Addressing media persons at Manipur Press Club in Imphal on Monday afternoon, FEGOCTA general secretary, Dr N Somorendro Singh said that the Association had already served ultimatum to the state government for the fourth time. 

With no response from the government, he announced that teachers will be on mass casual leave for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday.

This will followed by a sit-in-protest on September 26 in Imphal’s Keishampat Junction and thereafter sit-in-protests in front of their respective institutions for two days on September 27 and 28 will be observed, Dr Singh said.  

“If the government still fails to respond positively to the genuine demands of the college teachers, FECOCTA is ready to launch an indefinite cease work strike from October 3,” he added.

It may be noted here that the FEGOCTA on September 9 last had served an ultimatum, considered its fourth, to the government while reiterating their demand for implementation of 7th Pay and UGC Regulations 2018.

FEGOCTA has been pressing implementation of 7th Pay and UGC Regulations 2018 to the teachers of colleges under the state Education  department, Dr Singh said.

The association further 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 were issued on July 18, 2018.

The latest pay structures of the UGC had already been implemented in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh to college teachers. However, teachers of colleges under the state government are left out, Dr Singh alleged.

While maintaining that teachers are not interested in launching strike or any other form of protest that will affect the academic atmosphere of the students, he however, maintained that  “as the state government refused to fulfill the demands of the teachers, FEGOCTA was compelled to go ahead with protests.”