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Rio urges ATAN to cooperate with SVC

Anti riot police form baricade to prevent ATAN members from proceeding further. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 9 (NPN)
Published on 9 Apr. 2010 11:52 PM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday has asked the Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland (ATAN) to cooperate with the Special Verification Committee set up by the Government in order to weed out unqualified and absentee teachers to which the association agreed in principle to do so. However, the ATAN convener Vikato Swu informed that the strike will continue if justice was not delivered as assured.
Throughout the day, over five hundred demonstrators under the aegis of Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland held an indefinite hunger strike at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat junction demanding the Government’s intervention to its 11 point representation submitted to the Government on April 1. ATAN had set a deadline of April 7 for the Government address their grievances failing which it had decided to resume other forms of democratic protests. The demonstrators, along with representatives from various districts, however dispersed and left for their respective destinations after assurance from the chief minister.
Braving the hot and humid climate, the demonstrators held placards some of which read, “We are victims of baised report,” “Choose justice, not violence,” “Stop killing future of students,” “Give us our daily bread,” “DAN stands before judgement while the teachers is the stake,” “Let justice be done first, duty of the Government is Justice.”
ATAN had out rightly rejected the SIT reports stating that there are many anomalies in the conduct of the verification. The association had also totally denounced the setting up of Special Verification Committee (SVC) set up by the Government adding that the outcome of the SVC will be the same as that of SIT.

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