Nagaland: Irked over non-payment of salary, SSA teachers serve 7-day ultimatum
DIMAPUR: An aggrieved Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abiyan Teachers' Association (NSSATA) has served a 7-day ultimatum to the Nagaland Government to fulfill their four-point demand, which includes payment of pending salaries of 5 months from May to September 2016. The ultimatum will come into effect from October 5 onwards and will exclude holidays.
The NSSATA has also demanded inclusion of salaries of SSA teachers (2012-2013) in the non-plan revenue expenditure keeping in mind that the teachers were appointed as regular state government employees through proper channel.
It asked that the State Government strictly adhere to the National Mission (SSA), Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), GoI rules/guidelines, funding procedure to avoid installment lapses and delays in the payment of salaries.
It also urged that arrangement is made to pay SSA teachers regularly from the state fund as has been done by the state at times and then retrieve the said amount on release of fund by the centre.
While stating this, NSSATA President Aliba Sangtam and General Secretary Thungchamo Lotha, in the ultimatum addressed to the Commissioner & Secretary, Department of School Education, criticized the negligence and failure of the State Government in releasing the 10% state matching share and delay in clearing of the file from the planning department.
It also questioned the non-adherence of the funding pattern/guidelines and rules by the State Government and the inability of the implementing agency to arrange utilization certificate, audit report and other necessary documents on time to MHRD.
The Association lamented that despite repeated meetings with concerned officials, submitting appeal letters, representations since the inception of the association, the same trend has been continuing without any improvement and action.
The Association also stated that the SSA teachers have been undergoing untold miseries to the "point of starvation" and was therefore in no position to attend duties anymore. "Our survival therefore is severely threatened and jeopardized and it has demoralized us in performing our duties sincerely," it said.
The Association has cautioned that it would be forced to take up phase wise agitation if their demands were not fulfilled within the given 7-day period.
NRMSATA Longleng demand release of salary
The Nagaland RMSA Teacher's Association (NRMSATA) Longleng unit today stated that while 3 months (April, May & June) pending salary for RMSA teachers has been credited to all the DEO' s account on September 20, the RMSA teachers in Longleng are yet to receive their pay.
In a letter to the DEO Longleng, the association stated that "we have been waiting for long with great patience but with the march of time our patience is getting out of control and more dismayed when we learnt of our colleagues in other districts have received their salaries."
It served an ultimatum to the DEO Longleng to release the salaries to the teachers by October 10. It cautioned that failure to do so would compel the teachers to boycott their classes.
(Source: The Morung Express)