College teachers continue agitation demanding pay hike

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 29, 2020: Demanding to implement 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 for the Government College Teachers of Manipur, teachers under the umbrella of Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA) staged sit-in rally at Imphal College, here on Wednesday.

The teachers say FEGOCTA resumed the agitation as the government fails to implement the 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 by the deadline of January, 27. The ultimatum was submitted on January 20 by FEGOCTA to the government. It is really unfortunate that even after 58 days of Cabinet approval in principle, no final approval has been taken till date. The government has given verbal assurance and also three written assurances to FEGOCTA since September 26 last year, FEGOCTA president A. Pishak Singh said.

The college teachers felt disappointed and demoralised by the failure to implement the National Policy of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 by the Manipur government. Other states of India including the North Eastern States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, etc had implemented 7th UGC Pay without agitations by the College teachers. For the other employees of Manipur Government Orders for 7th Pay had already issued on July, last year, he added.

This is the third time that FEGOCTA is forced to launch agitations. In such feeling of loss of trust, neglect and discrimination, there cannot be quality collegiate education in Manipur, FEGOCTA said.

FEGOCTA has been demanding for the implementation of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 since December 4, 2018.

The government college teachers began to agitate with sit-in rally at D.M. College of Science, Imphal on Tuesday and continued the agitations at Imphal College. The teachers’ body scheduled to take up sit-in at Manipur College, M.B. College, Y.K. College in the following days.

FEGOCTA appeals to the chief minister N. Biren Singh and education minister Th. Radheshyam, and the state Cabinet to fulfil both verbal and written assurances to FEGOCTA in the interests of the students and higher education in Manipur at the earliest.

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