Nagaland | Ad hoc teachers threaten to launch protest if September 25 meeting fails

Nagaland | Ad hoc teachers threaten to launch protest if September 25 meeting fails

KOHIMA, September 24, 2018: All Nagaland Ad hoc Teachers' Group (ANATG)-2015 batch has threatened to once again resort to protest if the proposed meeting convened by School Education advisor, KT Sukhalu on September 25, fails to resolve the issue of regularisation of 1,166 grade-III ad hoc teachers.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, ANATG -2015 batch president Ruguotsolie said the organisation's leadership will likely take a decision in this regard after generating a consensus within. He said the group's members were left with no other option but to press ahead with agitation demanding regularisation of service as they had fulfilled all the criteria as per rules.

Accusing the State government of ignoring their genuine demand though the ad hoc teachers had fulfilled all criteria laid down by the department, the ANATG -2015 batch president regretted that submission of numerous representations, memorandums and ultimatums to the government on the issue failed, to yield any possible result.

According to Ruguotsolie, the ad hoc teachers had completed the minimum three-year service and appeared a suitability test in May 2017, which all of them had passed, and subsequently necessary clearance from the school education as well personnel & administrative reforms departments were received for their regularisation.

The ANATG president said its plan to stage a dharna at civil secretariat on September 21 was prevented by Kohima district administration and hence its members converged at NSF Solidarity Park. After a meeting there, they decided to resume their demonstration and once again marched towards the civil secretariat, but were barred by police personnel, leading to a commotion.

At the intervention of Naga students' Federation, Eastern Naga Students' Federation and All Nagaland School Teachers' Association, after hours of a face-off, a letter was received by ANATG from the school education advisor who proposed a meeting for September 25.

Thereafter, the group's members decided to call off the agitation, hoping for a positive outcome from the proposed meeting, he added.

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