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Adhoc teachers to agitate outside Meghalaya secretariat

“The teachers are tired of waiting to get an audience with the Chief Minister (Conrad Sangma) and getting firsthand information about their demands,” FASTOM Spokesperson, Mayborn Lyngdoh said. 

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Shillong: Adhoc school teach­ers under the banner of Federation of All School Teachers of Meghalaya (FASTOM) on Wednesday announced an indefinite sit-in-protest from Thursday outside the main secretariat following the failure of the government to meet their demands.

“The teachers are tired of waiting to get an audience with the Chief Minister (Conrad Sangma) and getting firsthand information about their demands. We have decided to launch an indefinite sit-in-protest from Thursday afternoon,” FASTOM Spokesperson, Mayborn Lyngdoh said. 

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He assured that the sit-in-protest will be a peaceful one, even if the government reacts we will not retaliate. 

This would be the FASTOM’s third such rally pressing with their demands.
The teachers have been on the streets demanding that the salary of the teachers be increased by Rs 18,000 and a 5 per cent increment every year for all Adhoc categories and up-gradation of Adhoc schools to deficit-grant schools.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday had said the government will invite the agitating teachers for discussion after looking into the financial implication of enhancing their salaries.

“The financial implications are huge. It is running into hundreds of crores. Therefore, it is not a decision that one can take especially with the Covid situation and financial challenges that we faced (as a state),” Sangma had told reporters. 

But the FASTOM Spokesperson hit out at the Chief Minister’s statement and said, “despite the government’s claim of not having enough money, it’s on a festival organizing spree and building new school buildings.”

“if the government can’t pay the teachers’ salaries then why is it more inclined in developing these infrastructure. How they (government) give away tenders…why is the government more into festivals…? We are tired, we cannot wait any longer ,” Lyngdoh said. 

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