Ad hoc teachers to launch indefinite dry hunger strike from today
Kohima, June 28: A meeting between the Nagaland Cabinet Committee, headed by Minister for PWD Tongpang Ozukum, and All Nagaland Ad hoc Teachers Group (ANATG)-2015 batch today failed to resolve the imbroglio of service regularization.
ANATG-2015 batch spokesperson, Bendang Ozukum said that as called by the Minister, an 11-member team of office bearers and spokespersons attended the meeting held in presence of Advisor for School Education KT Sukhalu and Principal Secretary Menukhol John, at the Minister’s official residence this morning.
During the meeting, the Government committee sought for more time to resolve the matter and did not deal with the Interlocutory Application supposed to be filed in the Court by the Department favouring exemptionof the ad hoc teachers 2015 batch from the purview of Court order.
Lamenting that the today was the 9th day of the agitation and the Government asking for more time now is rather ‘too late’, he said adding that the meeting was inconclusive.
“The Government and the Department were aware of our problem since several representations and ultimatums have already been submitted while several rounds of meetings have also be held between us, but asking for more time is rather too late,” he affirmed.
Recalling the previous meeting held on June 21 with the Principal Secretary and Department officials in presence of media persons in the Secretariat conference hall, he said, that day the Additional Advocate General had assured that the hearing on the writ petition filed in the Court against contract appointments was scheduled for this week. He lamented that the week is ending but the matter was not heard in court till now, which means the ‘Government has been trying to bluff the ad hoc teachers throughout’.
ANATG spokesperson said irked by lackadaisical attitude of the Government and Department, the 1166 ad hoc teachers who have come from different parts of the state “have run out of patience” and today decided to launch indefinite dry hunger strike from tomorrow outside the Directorate of School Education.
“Altogether 50 teacher volunteers representing every district of the state would be sitting on hunger strike till our sole demand of service regularization is fulfilled by the Government,” he informed.
(Page News Service)