SSA teachers’ boycott class in protest
KOHIMA, MARCH 10
THE Nagaland SSA Teachers Association today launched its first phase of agitation by boycottingduty and affecting the normal functioning of the classes in government schools.
The NSSATA launched the agitation demanding clearance of their pending salaries since November last year and also absorption as regular state government employees.
Sources revealed that the NSSATA has called for general meeting of all the SSA teachers in the state on March 12 in Kohima to discuss the further course of action in case the state government fails to clear the pending salaries. Meanwhile, the SSA Teachers’ Union Kohima while extending full cooperation to NSSTA stir called from today till March 22 has cautioned that strict action would be taken against the defaulting teachers.
It also informed all the SSA teachers under Kohima district that the general
meeting will be held on March 12 at 11:00 am at Conference Hall, Khonoma Rüpfhünuo Building, D. Clock (Near Central Christian Revival Church), Kohima.
Asking all concerned to attend the meeting, the SSA Teachers Union Kohima warned that absentees would be imposed a fine of Rs. 500.
ANSTA querries School Edu dept
DIMAPUR, MARCH 10
REACTING to the clarification of Commissioner & Secretary, department of School Education, denying any diversion of fund received under SSA programme, the All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) sought to know if there was no fund diversion, then why salaries of SSA teachers for two months (October and November 2014) could not be paid on time. The ANSTA raised the question saying that the SSA authority had already released Rs 32,49,74,085 on 17-9-13 and credited to the State Govt. Account in favour of DSE in the Head account of 0202 Education vide Challan No. 5 for payment of five months’ salaries w.e.f. June to Nov. 2013.
If the fund earmarked for the salary of teachers had not been diverted, where are the salaries for two months and why is it that the salary for the month of October 2013 could be released only in the month of February 2014 and salary for the month of November has not been released till date, it asked. The ANSTA said as clearly mentioned in their appointment orders and which was ascertained through RTI, the SSA teachers had been appointed against the posts creation made through P&AR by observing all formalities adding that they were appointed on a regular basis whose service shall not co-terminus with SSA projects.
In other words, they are now State government employees, the ANSTA said while appealing to the state government to carry the burden of paying their salaries from the State resource/fund during non-release of fund from the funding agencies so that they get salaries on regular basis like other State government employees.
It also said if state government is accorded due priority in salary requirement as claimed, then the salary component of the teachers should not be touched under any circumstances so as to avoid current type of problem in the near future.
On the NSSATA agitation which began today, the NSTA said, sensing the gravity of situation, it had appealed to the government several times to do the needful in time and also requested SSA teachers not go ahead with their programme as it will affect the students. But both the parties failed to comply, it said while reiterating that the students (innocent learners) should not suffer at the cost of unresponsive attitude of government/teachers. Therefore, the ANSTA urged both the parties to address the issue with all seriousness and find an amicable solution without further delay.