Imphal: Government college teachers on Thursday staged a sit-in protest-cum-meeting in Imphal, demanding the immediate intervention of chief minister N Biren Singh following the state government’s failure to issue orders of the 7th University Grants Commission (UGC) and Regulations, 2018.
The Federation of Government College Teachers Associations, Manipur (FEGOCTA), an apex teachers body in the state, organised the protest at NG College in Imphal.
According to FEGOCTA general secretary Dr N Somorendro Singh, the association had submitted an ultimatum letter to chief minister N Biren Singh on January 11 requesting him to issue orders the 7th UGC and Regulations, 2018 based on the state cabinet approval on 6 August 2020.
“We will continue all forms of democratic agitations till the issue of orders of 7th UGC pay and UGC Regulations, 2018,” said Dr Somorendro.
“Requests to issue orders of 7th UGC pay and UGC regulations, 2018 for the government college teachers latest by 27 January 2021 and failing of which will compel hem to resume their agitation from January 28 till the orders are issued,” FEGOCTA president Dr A Pishak Singh stated in an ultimatum letter to the CM.
The teachers’ association stated that the implementation of the national policy of 7th UGC pay and Regulations, 2018, was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi three years ago. However, the state failed to implement the policy, it said.
Expressing his disappointment over the state failing to implement the national policy, Somorendro said despite repeated requests and even after 154 days of the cabinet approval, the concerned authority failed to act.
“We feel very demoralised and discrimination because the 7th UGC pay and Regulations of 2018 has been granted in all the states, including the northeast states,” he added.
According to FEGOCTA, the 7th UGC pay has already been implemented for around 1 lakh government employees in the state, but over 2,000 college teachers remain excluded.