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Non-MPO teachers call off hunger stir

Staff Reporter

Teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions called off their month-long hunger strike yesterday following a government assurance to implement their demand for monthly pay order (MPO) facilities.

Newly appointed national professor emeritus Prof. Anisuzzaman and former advisor to the caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury offered water to the teachers and employees to break the hunger strike.

“You have been carrying out the movement for a long time without eating anything. It is a matter of anxiety and sorrow for the nation,” Anisuzzaman said,

“The Prime Minister has spoken about you in Parliament. Your demand is logical and it would be implemented in phases. The education ministry would find out the means to implement MPO,” he added.  “I request you to think of the lives of the students and return to your classes,” said Rasheda.

Later, Dr Binoy Bhushan Roy, general secretary of the Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-government Educational Institutions, said: “We trust the government. So, we're breaking the hunger strike and going back to our classes. We sat with the education minister, who assured us to implement our demand. We have received the same assurance from others in the government.” “It may take around two months to implement the thing. We were told that all the recognised educational institutions would be given MPO facilities from July,” he added.

He then instructed all the teachers to return to their classes from today. The non-MPO teachers and employees had launched their movement on June 10 after they found that the proposed budget was silent on their demand for MPO facilities.

Meanwhile, the government has formed two committees—selection committee and technical committee—to implement the teachers’ demand.

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