3 demands pending, teachers refuse to call off strike, govt may impose MESMA

The government Thursday threatened to apply provisions of the Maharashtra Essential Services and Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the teachers if they did not call off their strike.

Mumbai | Published: February 28, 2014 2:28 am

Even as the state education department agreed to meet two of their five demands Thursday, the agitating junior college teachers’ union said the boycott of assessment of HSC answer sheets will continue till a time-bound written assurance is received from the government for the remaining three demands.

The government Thursday threatened to apply provisions of the Maharashtra Essential Services and Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the teachers if they did not call off their strike.
A Government Resolution (GR) will be issued Friday to meet two of the teachers’ demands; removal of the word “permanently unaided” from schools that came up after 2000, and implementation of fifth pay commission recommendation scales from 1996.

“The file on the remaining three demands is with the chief secretary for his approval. We are trying to work out a solution and issue a GR. It’s time that the teachers resume work and call off the strike,” said a senior official from the state education department.

Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the Members of Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers Organisation (MFJCTO) said, “When we met the education minister Rajendra Darda on Wednesday, we clarified that unless all five demands were met, we will not stop agitating.”

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