Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Teachers stage sit-in protest on Pay Commission demand

Teachers of government run elementary schools across Manipur staged a sit-in protest Monday triggering another round of stand-off between the striking state government employees union and the state government.
Employees of Manipur government have been on cease-work strike demanding the implementation of the recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission to its employees. The strike entered the 47th day Monday even though government had on many occasions said that it does not have enough funds to meet the expenditures to be incurred in paying the revised hike pay structure of 6th Pay Commission.
The teachers of government elementary schools staged the protest in front of the offices of zonal educational offices located at the district headquarters across nine districts of the state.
The protest commenced from 10 am and continued till 4 pm, said publicity and information secretary of the Joint Administrative Council (JAC), L Priyobarta.
“It is bad for the chief minister telling lies,” said an elementary school teacher participating in the sit-in protest while reacting to the statement of the chief minister, O Ibobi Singh regarding government’s inability on the provision of the revised pay to the employees recently in a function held at Imphal. The CM had on many occasions said that the government was willing to fulfill the demand of revised pay structure to its employees but does not have adequate funds to meet the huge amount.
On the other hand sticking to its stand and decrying the government of not fulfilling its demands, JAC announced to commence its intensified agitation on Saturday with relay sit in-protest by the employees of the different departments and offices of the government.
Teachers of elementary schools on Monday under the banner of All Manipur Elementary Teachers Association carried out the sit-in protest across the state marking the beginning of a series of sit-in protest decrying the government’s stand-off in not granting their demand. A sit-in protest would be carried out by other employees in phase-wise manner till January 31 where JAC would change its course of agitation if there is any amicable agreement with the government.

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