THOUBAL: Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA) has unanimously resolved to boycott classes from February 3, 2020, but with exemption of exam related activities. The association is demanding the State Government to issue the orders (cabinet approval) for the implementation of 7th Pay UGC and Regulations, 2018 at the earliest.
The decision was taken by the FEGOCTA during a sit-in protests held at Yangambam Kumar College, Wangjing, Thoubal District on Saturday.
The sit-in protest was a part of their series of agitation that was first launched at DM College of Science on January 28 last.
Taking part at the protest, President of FEGOCTA Dr. A. Pishak Singh told the media persons that the association had been demanding for the implementation of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 for more than one year. The orders for the implementation of 7th Pay for other employees of Manipur Government had already issued on July 11, 2019. For college teachers, Government had approved in principle only on November 29, 2019.
He said that after more than two months of cabinet approval to the demands of FEGOCTA, no cabinet approval had taken till today, the deadline to the government from the college teachers to implement the demands was January 27, 2020, but no positive response was receive from the government so far, so the teachers association had unanimously resolved to boycott all the academic activities including classes from February 3, 2020.
However, only the examination activities will be exempted, he added.
The President further justified, “FEGOCTA as the common body of all Government College Teachers in Manipur launched the present agitation demanding 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 of all the college teachers including the newly taken over 6 colleges.”
Despite verbal and three written assurances to FEGOCTA by the Government, the demands of the association aren’t fulfilled till date, he lamented.
“Besides, the State Cabinet approved this demand in principle on November 29, 2019 only after the teacher’s body launched cease work strike. All other states of India except Manipur and Himachal Pradesh had approved the 7th Pay and Regulations, 2018. The Government should take final Cabinet approval immediately and stop testing the patience of the college teachers. FEGOCTA team are ready to resume all their suspended hunger strike, rally followed by “Do or Die” form of agitations. They will be supporting sit in protests at Churachandpur college on February 3, 2020 and at United College, Chandel on February 4, 2020″, this is the last battle they must fight together till the common goal of all the government college teachers are achieved, i.e, 7th UGC Pay, the President warned.
Several teachers of FEGOCTA including its general secretary Dr. N. Somorendro also took part in the sit-in.