Imphal: Government college teachers have started a democratic protest by wearing black badges from November 29, following the state’s failure to implement the national policy of seventh UGC pay.

A press statement by the Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association, Manipur (FEGOCTA) said sit-in protests would be held from 6-9 December and mass causal leaves on 10 and 11 December.

The teachers will boycott all classes from December 13 in case the government fails to implement the national policy of 7th UGC pay, the statement said.

The college teachers association further appealed to the concerned authorities to implement the 7th UGC pay to avoid any disturbance in academic activities in the government colleges in the state.

The college teachers association further appealed to the concerned authorities to implement the seventh UGC pay to avoid any disturbance in academic activities in the government colleges in the state.

College teachers should not be blamed, as they have been waiting since December 2018 with the fourth cabinet approving to implement the seventh UGC pay.

Stating that FEGOCTA is the only teachers’ body in Manipur which has been demanding to implement the national policy of both seventh UGC Pay and UGC Regulations, 2018, it further said that its seventh edition of agitation is unprecedented and a dark chapter in the history of higher education in the state.

According to them, the teachers were compelled to stage such democratic protests after the failure to implement the seventh UGC Pay despite the government issued orders almost five months ago.

The democratic protest will continue until the national policy of seventh UGC Pay as the order dated July 3, 2021, is fully implemented in Manipur, it stated.

FEGOCTA understands the disturbing aspects of collegiate education in Manipur. Failure or delay to implement the national policy of UGC and demoralisation of the teachers is one of the key factors, it added.

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