ANATG-2015 resorts to hunger strike; Govt. assures to hold meeting on Sep 25

ANATG-2015 resorts to hunger strike; Govt. assures to hold meeting on Sep 25
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Kohima, September 21: Angered over the lackadaisical attitude of the State government in responding to their ultimatum served on September 7 last, the All Nagaland Adhoc Teachers Group (ANATG)-2015 batch today resorted to hunger strike demanding regularization of their services.
ANATG-2015 batch had no option but to resort the suspended agitation as the state government failed to respond positively to our demand for service regularization even after the lapse of ultimatum served by the group, said spokesperson of ANATG-2015 Bendang Ozukum.
With the district administration denying the permission to hold hunger strike outside the Department of School Education and the Civil Secretariat, the adhoc teacher converged at Naga Solidarity Park to execute the course of action, he said.
Even as the agitating teachers tried to move on to secretariat, they were stopped by the district administration and police which led to verbal confrontation between them, which resulted in the teachers sitting in protest on the road by blocking the way towards Assembly Secretariat from near Treasury Directorate.
However, leaders of Naga Students’ Federation, Eastern Nagaland Students’ Federation and All Nagaland School Teachers Association intervened and pacified them and controlled the situation from further aggravating.
Subsequently, the Joint Secretary of School Education Department, Y Renbonthung Tsopoe forwarded a letter through the NSF informing that the government led by the Advisor for School Education, K T Sukhalu is ready to meet the office bearers of ANATG-2015 on September 25 at 11 AM in the Secretariat Conference hall.
However, he said that the meeting would be subjected to the members of the ANATG 2015 dispersing and reporting back to the place of posting while also advising the group to bring their legal consultant, if any, for the proposed meeting.
Following the intervention of the three civil societies and also letter of the government, Ozukum said that the group decided to once again suspend the agitation and attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
Interacting with a section of media persons, NSF president kesosul Christopher Ltu said that “the final decision would be taken if nothing arrives even after Tuesday’s meeting”. (Page News Service)