Kohima: Following an assurance from the state government to resolve their issues, agitating members of the All Nagaland Ad-hoc Teachers’ Group (ANATG) (2015 batch) decided to temporarily suspend their hunger strike on Friday.
The ANTAG, in a press release, however, threatened to intensify their stir if the proposed meeting fails to solve their long-pending demand of regularisation of their jobs.
Earlier on Friday, members of the teachers’ body gathered at the NSF Solidarity Park in Kohima and marched towards the Civil Secretariat after they were denied permission by the district administration to hold a hunger strike.
The teachers’ body is demanding the government to regularise their posts as soon as possible. According to ANATG, which comprises Grade-III teachers like GT, PT, AT, LT, DT, CI, KI and HT, the appointment of teachers were recruited on an ad-hoc basis against vacant sanctioned posts after following all standing government norms.
Teachers were assured that their jobs would be regularised if they got D.Ed, B.Ed, etc, within two years of joining. “The appointments were to be regularised after three years of continuous service by appearing for necessary departmental suitability test,” ANATG said.
The teachers’ body further claimed that the ad hoc teachers of 2015 batch had fulfilled all the procedures and norms laid down by the government, including the verification and clearances from the P&AR Department. It also pointed out that the teachers of that batch were all appointed prior to December 31, 2012 with a fixed monthly salary of Rs 6,700 to Rs 8,400.
“Even after completion of three years of continuous service and obtaining of professional training, the government was delaying the suitability test despite numerous appeals in this regard,” the group said.