NSSATA volunteers go on a hunger strike as part of their agitation outside the Secretariat in Kohima on Tuesday. The protest was suspended following state government’s assurance to meet their demands. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News
Kohima | June 12
The ongoing protest of the Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (NSSATA) 2010 & 2013 batch was suspended following a nine point agreement signed between the NSSATA and Department of School Education (DoSE).
Following a two hour long meeting, the nine point agreement signed between the NSSATA and Department of School Education in the presence of the NSF and ENSF officials, agreed that the State Government will pay the 7th ROP for the teachers in line with the State NPS cadre. Further a review meeting will be held on July 12, which will be continuous until the matter is permanently resolved.
Another important point was the agreement by the DoSE to rectify the nature of appointment of SSA Teachers of 2010 & 2013 batch basing on the appointment order, RTI report and Advertisement along with other relevant documents. The DoSE will also find a mechanism for timely release of salaries.
The NSSATA informed that the agitation will remain suspended till further notice.
Earlier during the day, the protesters sat outside the Secretariat marking the fifth day of the third phase agitation where 33 protesters (3 representatives from each district) were on hunger strike. During the protest the NSF, ENSF, ANCSU and NBCC also showed their solidarity towards the cause of the NSSATA.
The NSSATA further expressed that the NSF and ENSF played ‘a key role stepping in as facilitators between the NSSATA and the government in coming to a consensus’.
The protest was suspended around 5 pm. Following the suspension of the protest, NSF president Christopher Ltu requested the protesters to resume their responsibilties towards their students. Much as one must fight for their rights, Ltu also asserted that it must not hamper other people’s rights, pointing out that the rights of the students to learn must also be met.
The NSF & ENSF assured that if the Government fail to adhere to the agreement, they will come out on the streets on behalf of the teachers to agitate.
While acknowledging the members of the NSSATA for their solidarity and unity, the NSSATA also expressed regret that the students had to suffer hardships during the time of agitation and has urged all its members to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication. “The Association also requests its members to come back with more vigor and energy should such situations arise in the future,” stated the Association.