NUTA demands revocation of show-cause notices to teachers

NUTA demands revocation of show-cause notices to teachers

Dimapur, May 25: The Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) has unanimously condemned the show cause notices served to 13 university teachers by the Deputy Commissioner & District Electoral Officer Kohima on May 24 seeking their replies within a day.
The NUTA demanded for unconditional revocation of Show Cause notices served on all affected teachers by DC Kohima.
It further demanded exemption of election duty for the 17 Teachers from Kohima campus, 13 from Medziphema campus and 15 teachers from Lumami HQ.
The Central Executive Council of NUTA of University campuses held an emergency meeting at SASRD Medziphema today and questioned the authority of the DC on threatening disciplinary action on central university teachers for being found absent for training.
The NUTA reiterates the central university teachers are exempted from election duties to protect the political rights of the teachers. The association also condemned the misinterpretation of section 159 of RP Act 1951 by the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland for the fact that university teachers are not “staff”.
The only personnel working on the administration side in universities as staff are clerks, office assistant, account officers, assistant registrars, Deputy registrar and joint registrar whose services can be requisitioned, it said.
The NUTA further stated that the University Grants Commission Act and Regulations clearly identified Teachers differently and therefore the Deputy CEO is totally wrong if not illegal in treating Teachers as staff.
The CEC NUTA resolved that if their demands are ignored, the association would demand from Election Commission of India for re-poll in all the polling stations where university teachers are being deputed as Presiding Officers, re-poll in all constituencies where university teachers are being deputed as micro observers and recounting in all polling stations where university teachers are being deputed as counting officers. This is based on NUTA’S earlier representation where in it was categorically stated that central university teachers are allowed to be politically active and partisan. (Page News Service)

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