Post Mortem

‘RMSA Teachers-2016 vs the government’

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/12/2019 1:16:45 PM IST

 To begin with, let them who could gladly endure even the idea of working without pay for 7 (seven) months step in our shoes, because, the melancholic truth is that, we’re living with it. It is now tedious even to read about teachers asking for their salary, yet, no resolution has been passed to tackle this issue. In fact, with the passage of time, it rather appears to be getting worse. I challenge the authority involved in such heinous act of irregular pay and an intention to reduce the salary by almost 21%, to try living this life and happily embrace their duties. As a matter of fact, the biased treatment by the authority is totally absurd and absolutely wicked. How is it that the candidates that got through the same examination, on the same date, and in the same year but were appointed a little later after being held in the waiting list, gets to have their fair share of salary without any reduction but the ones who were appointed on the basis of merit are forced to accept the reduced salary? Wouldn’t the absurdity encompassed in such despicable, sinister and abhorrent gesture enrage any regular labourers who are contributing their fair share of efforts while simultaneously trying to survive this materialistic world?

Enduring the torment brought about by not getting paid for 7 (seven) months, I am now baffled if the job in hand was created to relieve or to add more burden.Yet we are here confined to our seats carrying out our duties, because it wouldn’t prove fair to take the frustration out on the students, thereby besmirching their will and need to learn. In addition to the bitterness of not getting paid regularly, the coercive Office Memorandum (O.M) issued on 17th Aug 2018, threatening to whether accept Rs. 6,315 reduction in the salary or get terminated, escalated the resentment I had, for it was a reprehensible undertaking  by the authority especially when the candidates conspicuously were appointed by all fair means. It appeared to me as though a contemptuous inward-looking endeavor has been inflicted upon us by a totalitarian and tyrannical authority projecting a huge betrayal to humane values. Moreover, the resultant insensitive perpetual effort or an attempt to intimidate the teachers running a family and who are now running out of good years to pursue different careers is perfectly apparent to me.

Nonetheless, the threat only compelled the teachers involved to petition a court case on September 2018 and since then it has been an ongoing legal conflict till date. Much to my utter dismay, as though the ratification of O.M to the already agonised teachers were not appalling enough, the step taken in April 2019, by releasing the reduced salary in spite of the ongoing litigation on the matter itself, not only was a contempt to the court injunction but also uncivil and an utter insult towards the sentiments of the petitioners. Although, one may expect us to be nonchalant about this misery and patiently await the court hearing, it only adds frustration and insecurity every new day as the final hearing day continues to extend; employees still left unpaid; the cries left unattended; and the scuffle prolonged.

As much as the grievances cited above upsets me; it has now come to a point where it is no longer just about money, power and injustice nor is it simply about the parties involved in this unfortunate case. Looking back, it has been an exhausting aching journey as a RMSA teacher; what more upsetting is, it’s not the first time, similar incidences have happened in the past and I am afraid, there will only be more in the future. Such treatment towards teachers only depicts the lack of recognition of teachers as a noble profession or in general, the lack of acknowledging importance of education. Because, it appears to me that one won’t dare such coldhearted treatment in any fields or department except in teaching/education department. It makes me cringe so hard that one would go around parading the importance of education and teachers verbally in front of the world or given a chance, in the media, however, the sad reality is, most words are just as shallow as a pan. It has become so obvious that the placement of teachers is in the lowermost strata of the social division that one can throw about any authority they feel like it and is expected to oblige in silence. Perhaps, it is not about respect anymore either but more about the attitude dictating the citizens that is now taking a negating toll on the tentativeness of our subjective morality, integrity and solidarity. It is indeed disheartening to have come to such realisation in this struggle to survive, have a career and to continue educating the young minds.

To accentuate the aforementioned grievances, I, solely am made to conceive that the George Orwell’s quote, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” is in practice.

Akabo S Aye, 

(akabosayeelq@gmail.com)

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