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 started their indefinite hunger strike programme.
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 at 10 am today.
Earlier on Sunday, 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 from today.
More than 7,000 teachers and staff of these institutions had been performing sit-in programme since June 10 demanding the enlistment under the government's Monthly Payment Order (MPO) facilities.
According to Golam Mahmudunnabi Dollar, president of the Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions, the number of non-MPO educational institutions is around 7500. Of those, 5,242 schools, colleges and madrasas have been enlisted under MPO.
Around 80,000 teachers are working without any pay, some for more than a decade.