Dimapur, May 3 (MExN): The All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) today urged the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government to take up the issues of teachers’ salary and regularization on “top priority” basis.
ANSTA’s appeal came against the backdrop of the ongoing agitation by one teacher’s group as well as an ultimatum served to State Government by another, demanding the redressal of their various grievances.
The former, the Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (2010 & 2013) Batch has been observing a pen-down strike since May 2 demanding their inclusion under 7th Revision of Pay (ROP) in line with regular state employees. While the latter, the All Nagaland Ad-Hoc Teachers Group (ANATG) 2015 Batch, has also set May 11 as deadline for the State Government demanding regularisation of their service.
In a press release issued by its President, Ponchulo Wanth and General Secretary Visato Koso, the ANSTA noted that any “agitation as and when launched by any group of teachers hampers academic interest of the students and students are made to suffer for no fault of theirs.”
It further noted that unlike the private schools, many government schools started the 2018 Academic Session “very late” as most were used as venues for training, polling stations, security accommodation, etc during the recent election to 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on February 27.
“This was followed by the conduct of HSLC & HSSLC exams in which the exam centre schools could not have the classes,” the ANSTA added.
In this connection, the Association maintained that “organising agitation at this point of time will be too costly for the students as far as student academic interest is concerned.”
It also reminded that one “election manifesto” of a party constituting the present PDA Government was “timely release of teacher’s salary if elected to power.”
“Now they are at the helm of power, it hopes they will maintain the integrity of their manifesto by releasing pending salaries of the teachers in time,” it added.
With regard to the case of ANATG (2015) Batch, the ANSTA informed the government that “the regularization of 1166 adhoc Teachers has the clearance from P&AR, Finance, Screening Committee except waiting for cabinet approval.”
“The Court Case of ACAUT & PASN is very clear and has no implication on regularization of 1166 adhoc teachers in any manner as far as letter written to Chief Minister regarding dropping certain agendas on November 11, 2017 Cabinet meeting is concerned,” it maintained.
In this connection, the ANSTA requested the State Cabinet to have early sitting and approve the said proposal since it is a long pending case.
“It is also pertinent to mention herewith that the salary of those adhoc teachers has been fixed as Rs 6700 for Primary Teacher and Rs 8400 for Graduate Teacher which is much lesser than the salary of their own Peon & Chowkidar,” the association pointed out.
The Association, in the larger interest of the teaching community, thus, requested the PDA Government to address “the genuine issues of teachers on priority basis.”