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ANAATA stages sit-in dharna
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Mar. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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All Nagaland Aggrieved Adhoc Teachers’ Association (ANAATA) Tuesday staged a sit in protest infront of the School Education Directorate demanding extension of service and release of payment and dues to all the affected adhoc teachers. Around 100 aggrieved adhoc teachers gathered at the directorate of school education and hung a banner. ANAATA president, Hekiye H Liriki told media persons that they rejected the request made by the authorities to stop the agitation as it was not in written. He said the education secretary through the director verbally requested them to stop the agitation. Later, the commissioner secretary invited the representatives of the aggrieved teachers for discussion in his office chamber at 2 pm and assured the aggrieved adhoc teachers that the department would put up the matter to the state cabinet for approval and requested the latter to call off their agitation. Meanwhile, the association later had a meeting and decided to call off the agitation till Monday as requested by the commissioner secretary and wait and watch the response of the government. ANAATA president later told Nagaland Post that they would decide the next course of agitation, if their demand was not met. The association had earlier submitted a representation addressed to the secretary school education on February 8 last requesting the secretary to issue necessary directive for issuing service extension order to all the aggrieved adhoc teachers and release all dues including salaries at the earliest. Again, the association in another memorandum dated February 18 and addressed to the secretary school education while reiterating its earlier demand served a 7-day deadline to meet their demand. Additional chief secretary Banuo Z. Jamir in an official communication to the director of school education on February 18 last stated that the ANAATA representation referring to the investigation that was being conducted by the Vigilance Commission SIT and the issue of extension of service was unclear as the finding of the SIT were yet to be known. Records available with the government relating to non-release of salaries pertain only to those cases contained in the report submitted by the directorate, following the verification conducted by the department, in accordance with the cabinet decision on the matter. She also asked the director to examine the representation and submit a comprehensive report with specific comments on the matter. It may be mentioned that following the constitution of a Special Investigation Team to probe into the various anomalies of appointments of teachers in the School Education department and check bogus teachers, the state government had stopped issuing extension of service to the adhoc teachers since January 2009 last.

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