| Teachers at the sit-in in Imphal West on Friday. Picture by Eastern Projections |
Imphal, April 9: Teachers from primary level to secondary schools today joined the pay agitation by boycotting classes in all government institutions in Imphal West and staging a sit-in here today.
The class boycott and sit-in mark the start of the teachers’ agitation demanding implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission in toto.
“We have lined up a series of similar agitation in all the districts in the coming days. If the government remains indifferent, the teachers will launch a jail bharo agitation,” Ch. Shantakumar, convenor of the Council of Teachers’ Association,” said.
Today’s sit-in was staged at Khoyathong Tombisana High School here by the Council of Teachers’ Association. The council was formed by the All Manipur Elementary School Teachers’ Association, All Manipur Secondary School Teachers’ Association, All Manipur Government Graduate Teachers’ Association and All Manipur Government Lecturers’ Welfare Association.
About 3,000 teachers in Imphal West joined the strike. Teachers in other districts are also planning to launch similar strikes in phases. The teaching fraternity has extended support to the ceasework launched by the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of various associations of government employees since January 16. The JAC is demanding implementation of the pay hike from January 2006.
“The attitude shown by the state government is inhuman. Ibobi Singh’s way of functioning is dictatorial and should be condemned,” said Shantakumar. Sources said secretariat employees are also preparing to join the ceasework.
Ch. Chandramani Singh, secretary general of the JAC, today slammed the state government for “completely ignoring” the employees’ demands.
“We are not asking him to pay us from his own pocket. We are demanding our rights. We should step up our agitation till our demand is met,” Chandramani Singh said.
In a related development, employees of the public works and irrigation and flood control departments today stayed away from their offices in support of the pay strike.