Imphal: Normal classes in the state-run colleges in Manipur on Monday were hit as the relay hunger strike called by Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA) to press for various long-pending demands entered its third day at DM College of Arts in Imphal.
Since February 8, FEGOCTA, the only common platform of the government college teachers, had launched the stir and boycotted classes demanding state government for the implementation of the national policy of the 7th University Grants Commission (UGC) pay-scale.
Their demands also include the implementation of UGC rules and regulations based in 2018.
However, as per the agitators, no government officials till now have come forward and tries to intimidate in order to bring solution to their demands.
Speaking with EastMojo from the protest site at the DM College Campus Multi-Purpose Hall, FEGOCTA vice-president RK Indira, said “We will continue the agitation until our demands are met.”
When enquired about the disturbance related to students’ academic activities, she informed that the responsibility to restore academic activities in the government colleges lies completely with the state-run government.
The association also warned that they will boycott the upcoming Master’s Degree examinations scheduled to be held from February 14 if their demands went unfulfilled by the state government.
The frequent agitations by teachers are certainly not the signs of giving priority to the education, however, the association feels that the good governance is not only preventing agitations but resolving the genuine demands of college teachers immediately.
Showing their moral support towards the agitations, teachers of DM College of Arts, Science and Commerce joined the FEGOCTA’s relay hunger strike.
Meanwhile, EastMojo tried to reach out to the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU); however, the students’ body refused to comment on the subject.