COTA and FECTAM suspend agitations after signing MoU with state govt

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IMPHAL, Mar 3: The Council of Teachers`™ Association (COTA) and Federation of College Teachers`™ Association Manipur (FECTAM) have suspended their months long agitations after signing memorandum of understanding with the state government pertaining to the demands for the implementation of 6th revised central pay and 6th revised UGC pay scale respectively.
In two separate meetings, the representatives of COTA and FECTAM met the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi along with other senior cabinet ministers today at Chief Minister`™s Bungalow.
The memorandum of understanding between FECTAM and state government was signed with working president M Ibohal, convenor M Lokendro and vice-president Sarangajit on the side of FECTAM and secretary to Chief Minister, Sumant Singh on behalf of the state government.
While the memorandum of understanding between COTA and state government was signed with co-convernors Santakumar, M Joykumar and P Koireng on the side of COTA and secretary to Chief Minister, Sumant Singh on behalf of the state government.
Meanwhile, 239 hunger-strikers of COTA who are currently in the jail will also be released as per the memorandum of understanding.
Speaking to media-persons after the meeting, the convenor of FECTAM, M Lokendro stated the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has assured that the 6th revised UGC pay scale for the government college teachers of the state will be implemented very soon without any modification.
However, the FECTAM will resume its agitation if the agreement of MoU is not translated into action, he added.
The advisor of COTA, Th Ibopishak stated that the teachers have agreed to the pay structure proposed by the state government keeping in view of the current pay structures of other north-eastern states like Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
The state government further assured that the proposed pay scale will be implemented in the first week of April, he said.
Moreover, the COTA has suspended the agitation in due consideration of the ensuing HSLC and HSSLC examinations, Ibopishak averred.

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