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Manipur teachers call off stir, MoU signed

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, March 4 � The struggle of teachers of Manipur for implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations in the State came to an end today following an understanding reached by them with the State Government on Thursday evening.

The State Government teachers under the aegis of Council of Teachers� Association (COTA) were on cease work strike for more than three months followed by fast unto death agitations since January 19 this year demanding the implementation of the Central revised pay in toto.

Sumant Singh, Secretary to Chief Minister representing the government and COTA�s co-convenors G Santakumar, M Joykumar and P Koireng signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, and Cabinet colleagues Th Debendra and N Biren at the CM�s office chamber this evening.

According to the MoU, COTA and State Government have reached an understanding on amicable solution of the demands of COTA and the same is acceptable to COTA.

�Orders will be issued as soon as possible�, it said. �The COTA agreed to call off all forms of agitation with immediate effect�. All government employees arrested in connection with the agitation of COTA will be released and will not be victimised, the MoU added.

It may be worth mentioning here that altogether 239 teachers were detained under judicial custody during the month long strike.

Sources here claimed that during the meeting, the government representatives have assured that the demands will be fulfilled within the first week of April. However, the government did not make any promise to implement the sixth Central pay in toto.

An MoU was also signed between the striking teachers in 28 colleges under the banner of Federation of College Teachers� Association, Manipur (FECTAM) which had been demanding review of the Cabinet decision of November 4, 2010 which modified UGC Pay Scale and implementation of the National Policy on Higher Education in Manipur. They also called off their strike following the understanding on amicable solution of their demands.

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