Next is sit-in agitation at Zonal offices, says teacher body after mass casual leave

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Imphal: With no positive response received from the state government after taking 2-day mass casual leave, All Integrated Teachers’ Association, Manipur (AITAM) has declared to take up sit-in agitation for two days protest at respective zonal offices from Friday.

The teachers in the association had taken mass casual leave on Wednesday and Thursday demanding not to change head of account for salary disbursement.

President of AITAM N. Prakashchandra told reporters at Manipur Press Club, here on Thursday that teachers under the umbrella of the association in order to protect its legitimate rights launch the agitation.

He said 3,480 integrated teachers are no longer Samagagra teachers after the order issued by the government on July 23, 2020.

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The ongoing agitation demanded not to change the head of account of the government.

“We will not take our salary if the government releases the salary under a new different head of account,” the teachers’ leader said.

As the government gives no positive response even after taking two days mass casual leave of teachers the agitation will be intensified. The executive members of the association resolved to launch sit-in agitation in front of respective zonal offices of all districts from 8 am to 1 pm for two consecutive days, he added.

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The government has threatened the executive members of the association to transfer their present posting to other place if they fail to withdraw the agitation immediately. It is also said that the attendance of teachers including executive members of the association will be monitored by state authority in order to take necessary action accordingly.

The teachers’ body allegedly condemns divide and rule policy among teachers under education (s). It said, the teachers are being victimized repeatedly by the department. It said they were integrated into the department of education (S) after a long struggle for their legitimate right and now using the divide and rule policy, the department had issued a letter on August 23.

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“We are being pushed back in the condition we were before the integration,”  The very order for a separate head of account for 3480 teachers who were integrated to the department on July 23, 2020 seems only an interim pacifier for ‘our long struggle and it seems we again have to rise to challenge the confusing and vague order of separate head of account for us’, it said.

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