Shillong: The Federation of All School Teachers Of Meghalaya (FASTOM) on Friday has decided to ease its non-cooperation movement and has given one week ultimatum to the government to respond to its demands.

FASTOM has been carrying out its agitation for nearly two months demanding the state government to upgrade the ad-hoc teachers to a deficit system and also enhancement of salaries.

Briefing the media on Friday, FASTOM general secretary Andrew Lyngkhoi said after seeing education minister Lahkmen Rymbui making an appeal to work with them and trust them, FASTOM has decided to cooperate but not withdraw its agitation.

It has warned the government of “an even bigger and a historic movement” that they intend to come up with if the government doesn’t respond to their demands.

“The CEC had taken a resolution that since we got a positive response from the officials of the education department, we have decided to ease the non cooperation movement. The teachers and members of FASTOM are requested to go back to their work,” said Lyngkhoi.

He added, “But we want to be very clear that if the government fails to give any response in this one week’s time, we will have an intensive movement. It will be more intense than the recent movement we did recently. It will be a surprise movement and will be historical in our state.”

The association said all their demands should be approved and given in written, since they have compromised and agreed upon demanding only enhancement of salaries and has done away with their demand of upgrading ad-hoc teachers to deficit system.

Asked if their reason to ease was due to the challenges caused to the students, Lyngkhoi said that as teachers they feel the responsibility that they have towards the children. “We also decided to ease our agitation because we feel for the students who are like our children. But the government should understand that if they don’t respond they have to look out once anything happens,” said Lyngkhoi.

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