Non-MPO teachers call off hunger strike

Kalerkantho Online   

11 July, 2018 18:18 PM

Non-MPO teachers call off hunger strike

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The teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions, who have been demonstrating for enlistment under the government's Monthly Payment Order (MPO) facilities, have called off their hunger strike programmme.

The ended the demonstration after the civil society members led by national professor Anisuzzaman requested them to call off the programme on Wednesday. 

Hundreds of teachers and employees under the banner of "Non-MPO Shikhya Pratishthan Shikhyak Karmachari Federation" took position in front of the National Press Club and started the hunger strike demonstration on June 25.

Earlier, demanding the enlistment of their educational institutions under the MPO facilities, Non-MPO Shikhya Pratishthan Shikhyak Karmachari Federation General Secretary Principal Dr Binoy Bhushan Roy announced the hunger strike programme.

Teachers and employees had been performing sit-in programme since June 10 demanding the enlistment under the government's Monthly Payment Order (MPO) facilities.

According to the leaders of the federation, the number of non-MPO educational institutions is around 7500. Of those, 5,242 schools, colleges and madrasahs have been enlisted under MPO. Around 80,000 teachers are working without any pay, some for more than a decade. 

MPO is the government's share in the payroll of the non-government educational institutions. Under the scheme, the government gives 100 percent basic salaries to the teachers of non-government schools. The teachers also get a lump sum amount as other allowances from the MPO.