Dimapur, May 27: The Nagaland University Teachers Association (NUTA) has refuted the statement of Chief Electoral Officer, Abhijit Sinha that NUTA is not exempted from election duties.
In a press release issued by CEC NUTA President, Dr Rosemary Dzuvichu and secretary general, Prof D Huolie, the Association stated, “The CEO seems to be unaware, despite receiving two representations from the NUTA, that central university teachers are allowed to be politically active and enjoy full political rights in their service and therefore being partisan, are not taken for any electoral duties in any part of the country.”
Citing Section 159 of the Representation of Peoples Act, which specifies “Staff” of universities, the NUTA said the CEO Nagaland seems ignorant about the facts that the word “staff” in central universities refers to administrative staff as in office assistants, accounts officers, assistant registrars, deputy registrar, joint registrar who can be requisitioned for election duties.
According to University Grants Commission Act and Regulations, university teachers are not “staff”, it added.
The NUTA alleged that the CEO willfully misinterpreted Section 159 of the Representation of Peoples Act to harass university teachers and violate their freedom to political rights.
It also condemned such misinterpretation of the Act and questioned the intention of the CEO Nagaland and DC Kohima, DC Zunheboto and DC Dimapur on violating the political rights of Nagaland University teachers.
The NUTA demanded unconditional withdrawal of the illegal show cause notices from DC Kohima and reiterated that the CEO Nagaland would bear full responsibility for any further action from the Association for these gross injustices and violation of the rights of Central University teachers in Nagaland.
(Page News Service)