419 agitating lecturers of six government aided colleges have threatened to go on strike from May 3 if the Manipur government fails to comply with their demands that include making their jobs permanent. This adds as yet another cause of concern to Manipur’s people who are already struggling with other issues including regular strikes, bandhs and picketing.
The teachers have since long been demanding creation and absorption of their posts following Manipur University norms. They also demanded recruitment of non-teaching staff as per the state government rules. They sought implementation of the sixth pay of the UGC and recruitment of staff as per the UGC regulation, 2000. They also asked for a pension scheme for the employees of government-aided colleges.
The 419 teachers of Standard College, Mayai Lambi College, Thambal Marik College, Liberal College, Birmangol College and Kakching Khunou College have also demanded filling up of the sanctioned vacant posts of both teaching and non-teaching staff of the colleges.
As part of their protest, the teachers under the banner of All Manipur Government Aided College Teachers’ Association (AMGACTA) had worn black badges on April 11 and taken two days’ casual leave on April 21 and 22 . They have also staged a series of sit-ins at different colleges and will finally resort to a strike from May 3 if their demands go unheard.