ANSTA & NGHSSEA to go on pen down strike

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 22 (MExN): The All Nagaland School Teachers’ Association (ANSTA) and Nagaland Government Higher Secondary Schools Employee’s Association (NGHSSEA) have informed that they would be going on a pen down strike due to regular delay in salaries. 

In a representation to the Commissioner Secretary, School Education and SCERT, the two organizations said “it is disheartening to witness this delay, especially in a month when the entire nation comes together to celebrate Teachers’ Day, an occasion dedicated to honoring the invaluable contribution of teachers.” 

“This delay not only undermines the hard work and dedication of the teaching community but also portrays a lack of regard for the principles set forth by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. As educators, we are committed to going the extra mile in shaping the future of our students and serving our communities. However, this dedication is met with disappointment when our basic financial needs are not met on time,” they stated 

The organizations urged the department to rectify this situation by promptly releasing the pending salaries and providing assurances that such delays will not recur in the future. “We have shown patience and understanding, but now we find ourselves compelled to take a stand,” they added. 

They further informed that despite the request letter for the release of teachers’ salaries submitted by ANSTA on September 14, the salaries have not yet been released. It urged the department to immediately disburse the pending salaries and provide written assurance that such delays will not recur in the future. 

“Failure to do so will leave the teachers of Nagaland with no choice but to initiate a pen-down strike two weeks from the date of this letter, in accordance with the principle of no pay, no work,” the organizations stated.