Unpaid SSA teachers launch agitation

Unpaid SSA teachers launch agitation
Nagaland SSA teachers during the sit-in-protest outside Directorate of School Education Kohima on June 6

Govt releases 3 months salaries without 7th ROP

Kohima, June 6: The Nagaland SSA Teachers Association (NSSATA) today launched its third phase of agitation in the form of sit in protest against the failure of the State Government to fulfil its demand.
The SSA teachers in the State have been demanding fulfilment of their demands by launching the first phase agitation on May 3 last and since than they have not been attending the classes affecting the functioning of Government schools throughout the State.
Today as part of their third phase agitation, hundreds of SSA teachers from all over the State converged outside the Directorate of School Education here with banners and placards some of which read “Dear government give us what is due to us not what is due to you”, “Don’t destroy our students future through us”, “Justice delayed is justice denied”, “Stop appointment, if you cannot give justice”, “Teachers are government employees not slaves”, “Give us solution not suggestion,” “Class room is where we belong not here,” etc.
The NSSATA has put forth three point charter of demand which include release of their salaries pending since January this year. They are also asking for payment of their salaries under 7th ROP in line with State Government employees and also inclusion of the SSA teachers (batch of 2010 and 2013) salaries in non-plan budget.
Responding to their demand only today the Directorate of School Education stated that the government has accepted their demand for payment of their salaries under 7th ROP in principle while also the salaries from January to March has been released but without 7th RoP. On their demand for transfer of salaries to Non-Plan, the Department reminded them that the SSA teacher posts were created for implementation under Centrally Sponsored Scheme and that the existing practice of payment of salary through the State Mission Authority SSA would have to continue, in whatever name or form till the CSS of SSA continues.
In this the Department appealed to the agitating teachers to resume their duties in the larger interest of the students. It also made clear that the interest of the students will not be compromised under any circumstances and necessary steps will be taken to ensure the same.
Nonetheless, the NSSATA reiterated that they would continue with the agitation unless all their demands are fulfilled, including payment of salaries through non-plan. (Page News Service)