TU teachers call off strike

Kathmandu, July 13:

The Tribhuvan University Part-time Teachers’ Association (TUPTTA) central committee today called off its strike and protest programmes after the Ministry of Home (MoH) agreed to meet some of its demands.

A meeting held at the Home Ministry agreed to forward the teachers’ demands to the Cabinet on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Home Secretary Umesh Mainali, CDOs, police officers and the part-time teachers. TUPTTA president Nanda Kishore Singh said that teachers demanded punishment against the murderers of lecturer Dharma Raj Bista, declaring him a martyr, providing compensation to Bista’s family, employment to his wife and free education to his daughter and guarantee security of teachers and students.

He said: “The government refused to declare him a martyr. So we urged the government to provide Rs 1 million as compensation to Bista’s family.” “We will call a country-wide general strike if the government does not keep its promises,” he said.