Dimapur, June 29: Exasperated over the adamant stand of the All Nagaland Adhoc Teachers Group (ANATG) despite all efforts by the State Education Department, the Government of Nagaland has made a final appeal to the agitating teachers to resume normal duties or the Government will not hesitate to take action against “those who agitate on non-issues.”
“It is unfortunate that while the Government is fully sensitized to the problems faced by Government school teachers, they have been resorting to such agitations. It appears that the extremely poor results of Government schools, where members of ANATG have been teaching, are furthest from their minds. Citizens will agree that careers of the students cannot be compromised and the Government will not hesitate to take action against those who agitate on non-issues. The Advisor, therefore, made a final appeal to the agitating teachers in the interest of all concerned,” said a statement issued by the School Education Department.
Clarifying on the agitation by ANATG, Advisor, School Education, K Tokugha Sukhalu stated that many ad-hoc/contract Graduate Teachers, Primary Teachers, Hindi Teachers, Drawing
Teachers, Language Teachers, Lab Assistants and PETs were appointed by the Department in the past, and the Government had taken a decision to regularize their services. Accordingly, the Department constituted a committee to conduct suitability test with the minimum qualifying years for eligibility set at 3 years of service as on 31st December 2015.
Ad-hoc employees appointed between 2009 to 2015 including absentees and failed candidates in the previous tests were also allowed to appear the suitability test for which the P&AR Department gave clearance on 21st October 2016. This was conducted on May 20 &23. The screening committee thereafter recommended regularization of 1166 adhoc/contract employees on 13th October 2017.
Meanwhile, ACAUT & PSAN filed a writ petition in July 2017, and the Court passed an interim order suspending the operation of impugned O.M. No. AR-5/ASSO/98 dated 11th August 2016 and OM.No.AR/ASSO/98 dated 4th August 2008 that “the respondents are hereby restrained from regularizing any contract appointments”.
The Advisor informed that after obtaining the views of Justice & Law department, P&AR Dept, Finance Deptt and Sr. Addl. Advocate General, the Department informed ANATG dated 19th May 2018 that the Department is restrained to enforce the OM dated 11th August 2016 and 4th August 2008 for regularization in view of the Court’s Order and directed them to resume their normal duties.
“Despite all the efforts given by the Department, it was extremely unfortunate that ANATG issued another Statement dated 18th June 2018 that they will continue with their fourth phase of agitation,” the department said.
Sukhalu made it clear that there is no ambiguity in the Government’s decision to regularize the services of ad-hoc/contract employees who have successfully cleared the suitability test. He said the Department has sincerely tried all measures to regularize their services. “We are only waiting for the final verdict of the Hon’ble Court. However, it is extremely unfortunate that members of ANATG have now resorted to go on hunger strike demanding regularizing of their service through any other available options,” he lamented, while making the final appeal to the agitating teachers to resume normal duties. (Page News Service)