Landowners of Government Middle School (GMS) Wokha village have opposed the government’s decision to shift GMS from the present school site alleging that decision was taken without their consultation and violating the agreement signed between them.
The landowners have put forward demands to the government should the school be shifted from the present site. The demands include payment of lease of land for 61 years since 1949 till date as per government approval rate and all present grade-IV incumbent posts of GMS Wokha village be accommodated in favour of landowners in the event of retirement, death, accident or age superannuation etc.
Landowners Rhyuzamo Murry and Ezanbemo Erui in a letter addressed to the minister for school education said, the entire land presently occupied by GMS Wokha village was donated to government in the year 1949 and till date neither land lease nor compensation was demanded from the government. Land owners further added that they did not even apply for any job, employment or contract works while donating land to the government.
While lauding the government’s approval for up-gradating the government middle school to government high school, the landowners also cautioned that any move to shift the school without redressing the demands would compel them to lock the school building. However, the land owners added that in the interest of the public and students the authorities were beseeched to place the decision before misunderstanding arises between both parties.
According to the press statement, GMS Wokha village is situated in the middle of Wokha village leading towards Wokha town, Wokha village Khels and Vankosung Mission compound making it convenient for the students to reach the school in time.