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Teachers called off their hunger strike; meeting on June 18 with Government


The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers have called off their indefinite hunger strike on June 6, 2009. The decision to withdraw the protest has come after the Assam Government gave nod to meet with them on June 18, 2009 in Dispur, Assam.

The stay on the protest is temporary and it will be resumed if the Assam Government doesn’t meet the longstanding demands of the 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers who sat on strike on June 5, 2009 in Silchar, Assam, said Anil Rajkumar, President, Bishnupriya Manipuri Student Union.

Hunger strike which ran for two days in the precincts of the DC Office, Silchar, Assam, two persons got critically serious and they had to be given immediate medical assistance. The names of the teachers are Subodh Sinha from Singhari and Namita Rajkumari. Subodh Sinha teaches in the Merwah LP School, Chencoorie, and Namita Rajkumari in the Tikarbasti LP School, Silchar.

The Assam Government should follow its own decision on releasing the remuneration of the 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers, said Prabir Rajkumar of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association.

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  1. I have full sympathy for the 149 language teachers those who were on hunger strike.And I thank them for the withdrawl of the strike.
    They spent 9 years in waitng; but no fruitful order they received so far.
    Since the declaration of strike,i have been specifying : was it a legitimate step towards the settlement? Most of the educated Bishnupriya Manipuris are still in doubt,whether the appointment letters issued to the indivdual teacher,were faulty,
    otherwise,Guwahati High Court would have given the verdict in favour of them.
    I feel, there is a foul cry behind all these. Here I would like to quote one incident::
    One gentleman from Pune told me to enquire about his brother`s appointment while I was visiting his house.On enquiry, his brther could not produce the copy as promised by him within next one month, saying that Head teacher had lost it.
    My request,let a copy of one appointment letter be published in the news papers for the public to justify its genuineness.And let also publish the cause of withdrawl of the strike. What would Govt talk about the remuneration as mentioned by one Mr.Prabir Rajkumar.Let the organisers come clean about their demand of remuneration or employment of teachers.Did Govt any time commit of disbursement of remuneration to 149 teachers?

    are genuine or not


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