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ATAN deadline to govt to redress grievances
Correspondent KOHIMA APR,1 (NPN)
Published on 4 Apr. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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Over five hundred peaceful demonstrators under the aegis of Aggrieved Teachers’ Association Nagaland (ATAN) on Thursday gathered outside Civil Secretariat and submitted an 11 point representation to the Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT.
The Association set April 7 as deadline to the government to address their grievances failing which it stated that it would resort to other forms of ‘democratic protest’.
The representation out rightly rejected SIT report and demanded the government for immediate release of salaries on the ground that the SIT had brought out an ambiguous report as the names of many teachers were found to be mentioned in the list of more than one category adding that the remarks given by the SIT for genuine, bogus and doubtful were identical but yet categorized into different groups.
ATAN questioned that if the files which were classified as “A class category of records” could not be found in the Directorate as admitted by SIT affected in establishing the genuineness of many teachers then how did the SIT substantiated the incumbents into genuine, bogus or doubtful, it asked.
It further queried the government on the purview of investigation from 2002-2009 inquiring as to how many recruitment exams for how many posts were conducted. It also added all the teachers and staff serving under the Education Department, irrespective of their date of appointment who have not been recruited through open exams should be equally treated.
It stated that out of the 6140 teachers enlisted in the incumbency list from the period of SIT investigation, none of the teachers were recruited through open exams but only 1156 teachers were projected as “bogus”.
The representation further affirmed that the teachers, after having served the government sincerely, receiving their salaries through treasury and accounts department, deduction of GPF, GIS and other professional tax through the office of AG, victimizing and arbitrary with holding of their salaries is a “pure breach” of their fundamental right thereby affecting their livelihood.
Questioning the government’s decision to set up Special Verification team, ATAN said the move was a direct rejection of the findings of SIT of the State Vigilance Commission, the highest investigating body of the state which had taken fourteen months to bring out its report, it further expressed doubt on the role of Special Verification Team, which the association termed as ‘ill equipped.’
The association also asked the Government to explicitly bring out its definition of the word ‘bogus’ when the same procedure was followed as any other alleged genuine teachers and the appointment was confirmed by the Government through the Directorate of School Education and the respective DEO/DIS establishments.
It further stated that the government and the department in-charge were answerable to all these appointments rather than the aggrieved teachers and appealed the government to immediately withhold the results of the recently concluded teachers’ examination and also refrain from further exams/appointments unless the pending issues are resolved.
After handing over the representation to the Government, ATAN Convener Vikato Swu and Secretary Lima Yanger told media persons that the meeting with Commissioner and Secretary was positive and the government had assured to take up the matter with the Cabinet. They however said that if government failed to meet their demands by April 7, they would continue to agitate in other forms till their demands were met and justice granted.
Early in the morning members representing ATAN from all over the state were stopped at Civil Secretariat junction.
Police and other law enforcing agencies including officials from the district administration were present at the site to prevent any untoward incident.

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