RMSA-SSA Issue: NSF, ENSF calls off agitation after govt assures resolution in 18 months

Kohima, October 18 (MExN):  The Naga Students Federation (NSF) and Eastern Naga Students' Federation (ENSF) suspended its indefinite state-wide bandh after agreeing with the State Government's request to resolve the matter of mainstreaming of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) teachers of 2010 and 2013 batch into the state education cadre in 18 months.

NSF President Ninoto Awomi and ENSF President Sepili L Sangtam announced the decision in a joint statement issued late Sunday evening. 

“The  two federations are happy to announce that the state government through a notification no. DSE/SSA/REPRE/4-32/2016 (pt) dated even no October 18, 2020, has met our demand to streamline the SSA RMSA teachers of 2010 and 2013 batches within 18 months without any other conditions whatsoever,” the statement read.

It also placed on record, its appreciation to the leaders of its federating units and subordinate bodies and the entire Naga populace who stood “for a cause that is just and fair.”

Meanwhile, the federations’ response to the state government’s notification, a copy of which was received here today, stated that officials of the two federations had a threadbare discussion on the matter and assented to the government’s request.

“However, the two federations shall not take lightly, any derelictions from the above stated official communication whatsoever,” it cautioned. 

Earlier in a letter to the ENSF and NSF Presidents, the State Chief Secretary said that the mainstreaming of the SSA & RMSA (2010 & 2013 Batches) requires in depth consideration of the Government and that it would bring the matter to a ‘logical’ conclusion within 18 months.  

“For this reason, the federations are requested to give the government a period of 18 (eighteen) months to bring the matter to a logical conclusion once and for all with the stipulated time,” it added. 

It may be mentioned here that the federations had launched the state-wide indefinite agitation banning the movement of government vehicles bearing NL-10 and NL-11 registrations on October 12, after the lapse of the 30-day joint ultimatum that was submitted to the state government on September 2. On the first day of agitation, the federations informed that overall, 37 vehicles were seized by its federating units and subordinate bodies across the state.

However, following the demise of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Justice & Law Minister CM Chang, on October 12, the federations kept the agitation in abeyance till October 18, as a mark of respect for the departed leader. The now cancelled agitation was scheduled to resume on October 19.