Kohima, July 1: The All Nagaland Adhoc Teachers Group (ANATG) 2015 batch has temporarily suspended their two-week long agitation demanding service regularization, an official of the group said today.
The ANATG-2015 batch had staged peaceful sit-in-protest since June 18 last outside the Directorate of School Education here with the sole demand of service regularization of 1166 ad-hoc teachers appointed till December 2012 by the State Government. But with no positive response from the Government the ad-hoc teachers launched hunger strike on June 29 last.
The Government had responded saying that it was unable to regularize their service due to the July 26, 2017 High Court interim order restraining the Government from issuing regularization appointment orders to the contract appointments whose appointments were issued after the office memorandum dated June 6, 2016.
Spokesperson of the group, Bendang Ozukum said that the executive officials of the group along with district unit officials on Saturday held at marathon meeting at the agitation site with representatives from All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Eastern Nagaland Students’ Federation (ENSF).
He informed that during the meeting, ANSTA, as the parent body of Government teachers in the State, assured the group that they would move the court with the interlocutory application for exemption of the Ad-hoc Teachers 2015 batch from the purview of the court order.
Following the assurance of the parent body, Ozukum revealed that the group decided to call off the hunger strike late last night.
He also revealed that ANATG-2015 batch held a general body meeting today with the group members and after threadbare deliberations decided to consider ANSTA’s proposal while also authorizing the executive body to decide on the terms and conditions with the parent body by Monday. They also resolved to temporarily suspend the agitation.
Stating that interlocutory application is not the ultimate solution for the agitating ad-hoc teachers, Ozukum reiterated “the sole demand is regularization of our service”. In this, ANATG-2015 batch has appealed to its members not to leave Kohima unless a final decision is arrived at with ANSTA. (Page News Service)