The Teachers strike of the Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (NSSATA) which started in the month of May 2018 has reached the pinnacle where teachers are protesting in front of the State Secretariat in Kohima. A section of aggrieved NSSATA of batched 2010 & 2013 resorted to hunger strike in Kohima to protest against the failure of the state government to meet their demands.
While slamming the state government’s “apathetic attitude” towards the agitators, the NSSATA claimed that their fight was based on the government’s credentials and not against the democratic norms as alleged by the State Government. The Association demands the release of the 7th revision of pay (RoP), the release of pending salary with (RoP) from January to March and transfer of their salary to non-plan head and fast-tracked investigation by the State Government. The agitating SSA teachers were appointed in 2010 and 2013 and were categorized as ‘Regular Employees’ or ‘Regular State Teachers’ by the State Government after the advertisements surface for open recruitment. The appointment orders also mentioned that the SSA teachers were endowed with scale pay of all allowances/ rates prescribed by the government of Nagaland from time to time with effect from the date of joining. All other members of the association have decided to continue their sitin protests in all the districts of the state. The agitation of the teachers Union has resolved to continue their ongoing strike till the government comes out with a positive response to their demands. NSSATA pointed out that apart from the teachers and students, over 2500 families have been affected by the agitation. The Union warned that if the Government fails to respond to their demands they would make the students take part in the agitation, whereas the Konyak Students’ Union has threatened to shut down all schools in Mon district. Mr. Temjen Toy the Chief Secretary of Nagaland said that the State Government has been examining the SSA teachers’ demands and trying to resolve their problems. Despite the tight resources, the funds under the centrally sponsored schemes were not coming regularly.
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