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Teachers’ agitation not justified, says Rebati Mohan Sinha

Activities being carried out by Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers Association and its support organization have stirred the Bishnupriya Manipuri people about the efficacy of the whole exercise that they are carrying out for the release of remuneration of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers. Rebati Mohan Sinha justifies it as a fruitless exercise, and even dangerous.

The self-styled Chief Advisor of Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers Association has clearly stated that 149 language teachers were employed on honorary basis. Here I would like to put forward the meaning of honorary.

1. Honorary is given for honor only, without the usual requirements of duties, privileges, emolument etc.
2. Holding an office or title given as an honor is without payment.
3. It is not legally enforceable, and can't be taken as a duty or an obligation.
4. Honorary is conferred in recognition of service rendered without the prerequisites or obligation, unpaid, voluntary.

Hence,

(1) The Government is not "oblized" to meet the demand of remuneration of teachers.
(2) Gauhati High Court has given clear ruling that the Government is not bound to regularise these 149 teachers, instead it can give only age relaxation once they (teacher) qualifies interviews.

In this case, will it be justified to go for 501 hours road/rail blockade?

Here, I fail to understand: first, why did they call off the hunger strike? Second, if the Education Minister is not available on 18th June, then why they have agreed to meet Secretary, who can not give even a rupee to anybody.

Why should Student Union people forcibly snatch the files/papers from Secretary of Teacher Association? Is this the leadership quality shown in a meeting? Bishnupriya manipuri people have lost faith in such leadership. If they proceed for blockade they may not have the support that they are looking forward to from the people.

They have no fund to mobilize manpower from one place to another as a result, they will go for door-to-door collection without any account given.

The best part to play is constant negotiation with the Government. It is to be reminded that people have not forgotten the nightmare of Kolkolighat Rail-blockade, where a poor parent lost Sudeshna.

Those who called themselves leaders, went underground, some surrendered instead of intensifying the movement at that crucial moment. So far there is no FIR lodged against those trigger-happy police force.


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