NSSATA resents Govt’s apathetic attitude towards teachers

NSSATA resents Govt’s apathetic  attitude towards teachers
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Dimapur, June 9: Making its stand clear on the demands, the Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (NSSATA) reminded the Department of School Education (DoSE), Government of Nagaland that their fight is based on government credentials and therefore not beyond the democratic norms as alleged by the Government.
It said that the SSA teachers of 2010 and 2013 batches were appointed as regular state employees through advertisement NO.ED/ADMN/1/2009-10 and NO.ED/EXAM/2010-2011 respectively through an open recruitment. The appointment order clearly mentioned that the teachers would be endowed with a scale pay and “with all other allowances/rates prescribed by the Government of Nagaland from time to time with effect from the date of joining”, and where the government had clearly mentioned the post as Regular State Teachers.
Quoting an RTI reply in October 2013, it also stated that ‘the post creation is not done by SSA, it is a Government of Nagaland undertaking. Hence, teachers are appointed on regular basis and their service is not co-terminus with SSA project.’
The Association said the agitation is in demand of what is rightfully theirs basing on the appointment terms, with all service benefits deemed right for a State regular government employee.
“In regard to pay and related allowances, we have been enjoying all other benefits as that of the regular state employees since the date of appointment and along with it, deduction of 10% NPS of the total emolument, GIS and professional tax are also made regularly. Therefore, connecting the NSSATA matter with irregularities of a centrally sponsored flagship programme will not solve the mounting problem,” a press release issued by Thejangulie Kirha, convenor, agitation committee and Arenla Tzudir, secretary, agitation committee stated.
The Association said the demand for the 7th Revision of Pay(RoP), and also demand for salary from the State non-plan budget was made in line with regular state employees, based on a Government order vide No.C&S/SE&SCERT/MISC/2016 where it said, ‘the inclusion of salary of SSA teachers under Non-Plan shall be taken up at the appropriate time as and when the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of SSA comes to an end.’ Therefore, terming the cause of irregularity in fulfilling the needs of the teachers as of the lapses on SSA scheme of the GOI does not justify the laid-back attitude of the State Government.
“The NSSATA is very much aware that the solution to our demands require certain formalities and we have been informed of the same since 2016 and that directives have been issued to the Department for examination. On the basis of the assurances given by the government, we have cooperated patiently trusting that the department would work out a solution. Despite the failure on the part of the government to fulfil the assurance given by them, we are still not demanding for a ‘magic formula’ to solve our issues,” the release stated.
It said the government admitting that there has been a mistake while making appointments does not amount to any defects in the nature of our appointment.
Stating that the NSSATA is also fully aware the ongoing agitation is seriously affecting the careers of the students and the quality of education in Nagaland, it said when the teachers are physically and morally disturbed by such uncertain future there is no way the teachers would be able to deliver quality returns to the children even if classes are being held.
The association is of the view that blaming only the teachers for holding agitation and hampering the education system and not considering the discrimination of the teachers’ welfare is even more grievous. The NSSATA therefore demanded for fast track reddressal of the matter so as to avert any further stir.
It may be mentioned that the NSSATA on its first phase of protest held a pen down strike from May 2 – 10 followed by the boycotting of classes from May 11 – 25 and from June 1- 5 in the second phase.
The ongoing third phase of agitation which began on June 6 with members numbering to over 2000 teachers from all the districts of the State would continue the protest till the government offers a positive response to the long pending demand, it added. (Page News Service)