Nagaland Adhoc teachers hunger strike demanding service regularisation enters 6th day
Protesting Nagaland Ad-Hoc Teachers

Kohima: A group of government school teachers appointed on an ad-hoc basis in Nagaland completed a week of their protest demanding immediate service regularisation on Sunday.

A total of 1,166 members of the All Nagaland Ad hoc Teachers Group (ANATG)-2015 batch, appointed to different government schools in the state from 1994 to 2012, staged peaceful demonstrations outside the State Civil Secretariat from Monday to Thursday.

With no positive response from the state government, they changed the mode of agitation with 38 volunteers observing a hunger strike from Thursday night.

The rest of the protestors continued with the peaceful sit-in.

The ad hoc teachers rejected the “piecemeal solution offered by the state government to set up a High-Powered Committee and decided to continue the agitation till their demand for immediate service regularisation was met.

The government had been maintaining that it was not in a position to regularise its services because of the standing order of the Supreme Court and High Court not to regularise ad hoc appointees.

On Saturday, the ANATG-15 Batch had decided to submit a representation to the chief minister to take cognisance of the demand of the ad hoc teachers.

“However today being Sunday they held back the decision,” ANATG-2015 batch spokesperson Bendangtemsu Ozukum said.

“They will approach the chief minister on Monday,” he said.

The principal director of the directorate of school education Thavaseelan K said on Tuesday that the members of the Anatg-2015 batch were not illegal appointees but were appointed irregularly without following proper norms in sanctioned posts.

The department had also suggested ad hoc teachers move the court to vacate the order, without which it would not be possible to regularise their service.

However, the ANANTG claimed that despite the courts’ orders other government departments have regularised the services of their ad hoc appointees.

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