NPCC demands CM Chang’s resignation
DIMAPUR, MAY 2
VEHEMENTLY condemning what it called the utter callousness of the NPF government for failing to address the grievances of the SSA teachers who have been deprived of their salary for the past five months, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) said the agitation launched by Nagaland SSA Teachers’ Association (NSSATA), which entered its third phase has so far failed to elicit any response from the School Education Minister CM Chang nor from Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.A NPCC press statement issued by Media Cell has demanded for resignation of the State minister for School Education, CM Chang, allegedly for miserably failing to handle the School Education Department and for having lost all moral authority to occupy the ministerial chair when thousands of teachers and their families are made to suffer thereby jeopardizing the academic career of thousands of students across the state, majority of whom are from the least privileged background.
The NPCC also sympathized with thousands of SSA teachers struggling without salary for the past five months and extended its solidarity to the ongoing agitation.
“The immense hardship and trauma faced by the SSA teachers and their families have been unnecessarily imposed by an inefficient and corrupt NPF government who remain immune to the cries and sufferings of the teachers,” NPCC Media Cell alleged. NPCC has also sought to know from the State government as to how much SSA fund was received from the Centre during 2013-14 for payment of salary, distribution of free textbooks and uniform, creation/ augmentation of infrastructure besides normal administrative maintenance costs.
“The deafening silence of the School Education Minister, CM Chang, is indeed baffling. After resigning as Lok Sabha MP without completing his tenure and winning the bye-election to the state assembly by misusing all state resources at his disposal, the minister seems to have disappeared from public life,” the release said.
With the agitation of SSA teachers fast gaining momentum, the School Education Minister has to wake up from his reverie and tender an apology to the SSA teachers who are victimized for no fault of theirs, NPCC said.
WSSU supports NSSATA
DIMAPUR, MAY 2
WESTERN Sumi Students’ Union (WSSU) has expressed solidarity with the aggrieved Nagaland SSA Teachers’ Association (NSSATA) over the demand for release of pending salary.
Stating that education is the cornerstone for progress of the society and that it has rightly been accorded a fundamental right in the Constitution of India, WSSU president Atokiho Sumi has appealed the State government to confer top priority to the education sector.
The Union is saddened by the callous attitude of the government towards the plight of the teachers which is directly jeopardizing the career and welfare of the students as well.
In the interest of justice, WSSU has urged the State government to exhibit wisdom and release the payment of pending salary at the earliest before the case snowball into unwanted consequences.