Gangtok: Old adhoc teachers staged Dharna on Saturday afternoon, following talks of government rolling back the new 8 years regularisation policy.
Earlier in the day, a legislative meeting led by Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay and cabinet of ministers and legislators discussed elaborately on the decision to roll back.
Following the meeting, Education Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha said, “The Chief Minister will speak elaborately about the decision to roll back the 8 years regularisation policy tomorrow”.
Late afternoon, MoS Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh felicitated national award winning teachers at Raj Bhawan in presence Governor Ganga Prasad and Education Minister along with cabinet of Ministers.
A total of eight teachers were presented with National Teachers Award by the Government of India from 2018. This year, teachers Mingma Sherpa from Government Primary School Lum, North Sikkim and Prem Das Chhetri from Sir Tashi Namgyal SSS, Gangtok, were conferred the National Teacher’s Award in a virtual programme organised by the Government of India on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
Meanwhile, chaos broke out at the DAC when old adhoc teachers, who are opposing the protest of the new terminated adhoc teachers, gheraoed the dharna site late on Saturday.
The representatives of All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers and Temporary Employees Association, who led the counter protest, blamed the 11-day protesting adhoc teachers as the reason for government’s decision to roll back the 8 years regularisation policy.
“It has been their extension demand that resulted in government rolling back the regularisation policy. Giving extension to these teachers directly means going back to the old adhoc policy. They must call off their protest for the sake of 4,100 odd adhoc teachers in Sikkim,” the protestors said, demanding the terminated teachers to call off their protest immediately.
Terminated adhoc teachers countered the allegations by saying, “We are not against 8 years adhoc regularisation process. We have only demanded extension until the interview is conducted on October 3. Our protest doesn’t go against the regularisation process. The senior adhoc teachers are making an issue out of nothing, despite knowing that our protest is not against them or the policy. They have tried to overshadow our demand with theirs.”
Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay is set to announce his decision on rolling back the 8 years adhoc regularisation policy.
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