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ATAN alleges bribe taking by SVC
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 May. 2010 1:02 AM IST
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Aggrieved Teachers’ Association of Nagaland (ATAN), Wednesday alleged that some members of the Special Verification Committee (SVC), set up to verify the bogus and absentee teachers lists of SIT, have taken bribe to clear some names.
Talking to media persons at Aroma Eatery, convener ATAN Vikato Swu along with his team of office bearers, alleged that the SVC has not prepared the new list based on the assurances given by the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio during the agitation held on April 9. Pointing out that the chief minister had assured maximum justice to qualified teachers, the aggrieved teachers expressed apprehension that they would not get justice with the style of functioning of both the SIT and SVC.
Alleging that some officers partaking in the investigation had taken bribes ranging from Rs 40,000 - 60,000, ATAN claimed that the same officers had refused the cash since they (officers) had already submitted the list to the commissioner’s office.
Accusing the investigative agencies of using manipulative ways, the aggrieved teachers alleged that some of the bogus teachers have already been redeployed in affected schools prior to the SVC report. They also claimed that some of the names in the absentee and bogus lists were mentioned in the redeployment list and that some of the absentee teachers have also started withdrawing salaries.
The ATAN executive members asserted that some of the teachers appointed after 2002 did not come for the SIT verification by manipulating their date of appointment. When asked about the proof of their allegations, the ATAN members maintained that they would come out with a list within the next few days.
Urging the government to punish the department officials involved, ATAN members said that the entire brunt should not be borne by the teachers since the appointment was not made by the teachers. “Human errors should not be allowed to kill the faith of so many teachers” the association convener said.
ATAN cautioned the government that its 2184 members should not be held responsible for any untoward incident in the future. “It is a question of survival” they asserted.

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