AMCTA, FEGOCTA to resume suspended stir

IMPHAL, 7th Jul: An online emergency executive committee meeting of All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) held on Tuesday has unanimously resolved to launch cease work strike over non-implementation of the demand for the 7th UGC Pay Scale and UGC Regulation, 2018 in toto.
Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations (FEGOCTA) too announced that it will resume the suspended agitation despite COVID-19 pandemic as the state government has failed to issue necessary order for implementing 7th UGC pay regulations for Government College teachers.
In a release, AMCTA president M Lokendro Singh informed that the virtual meeting resolved that the cease work strike, which was suspended awaiting response from the government’s side, would now be resumed as the Chief Minister has failed to translate his assurances into action. It may be mentioned here that earlier, AMCTA had planned to launch the agitation from February 12 last, but honouring the assurance given by Chief Minister N Biren Singh on February 11, the teachers’ body put on halt all its agitations for the time being.
Apart from reiterating the demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the meeting also resolved to exert pressure on the government for adopting a clear cut decision of the cabinet before reopening of colleges.
Moreover, the virtual meeting agreed to launch a democratic movement as and when the colleges are reopened, in case the government fails to fulfil the demands of the association.
Recalling that the association has been urging the government to implement the 7th UGC pay scale for the college teachers on multiple occasions, Lokendro informed that the decision of launching democratic agitation has been delayed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Meanwhile, FEGOCTA justified its decision to resume the agitation as the government has failed to translate into action decision of the state cabinet on the matter.
Speaking to media persons at Ima Panthoibi Shanglen, Thangmeiband here on Tuesday, FEGOCTA general secretary N Somorendro informed that their agitation would include suspension of online classes/lectures, boycotting examinations, admissions, other academic activities, etc.
Teachers in the quarantine centres will continue to perform their duties by wearing black badges, he said, while adding that FEGOCTA will extend support to the stir being launched by Manipur Government Services’ Federation over the same demand as well.
However, the agitation of FEGOCTA will not cover services/activities coming under ‘The Disaster Management Act, 2005’, he clarified.
Pointing out that teachers in government colleges and technical institutes in Manipur are left out from enjoying the benefits of 7th UGC pay regulations, Somorendro said that other employees of Manipur government and college teachers in other states have already enjoyed the revised pay scale.
He recalled that the long pending demand of FEGOCTA for implementing the 7th UCG pay regulations has already been approved by the cabinet and the same was announced by chief minister N Biren on February 11 through the media. But the government failed to issue necessary order despite several reminders from FEGCOTA.
As the cabinet decision has not been translated into action, one could assume that the chief secretary is not respecting the decision taken by chief minister and other ministers, Somorendro denounced while clarifying that there is only ‘Disaster Management Act, 2005’ and not ‘National Disaster Management Act, 2005’ as mentioned in the orders of chief secretary. He explained that the Act can give punishment to those government employees defying their duties during pandemic but actions could not be taken up against those employees who are not related with the Act.
Somorendro stressed that FECOCTA still has faith on the CM’s assurance and announcement of the cabinet approval.
He urged the CM for an amicable solution by issuing orders for 7th UGC Pay and regulations, 2018.
Without implementing national policy of UGC and giving priority to Human resource development in Manipur, Prime minister’s mission ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwash and Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ could not be achieved, Somorendro opined.

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