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ATAN blames Comm. & Secy for deadlock
Published on 12 Sep. 2010 12:38 AM IST
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Aggrieved Teachers’ Association of Nagaland (ATAN) has blamed commissioner and secretary school education Mhathung Kithan IAS for the deadlock over the teachers’ appointment scam through “arrogance and aggressiveness” while dealing with the issue.
While narrating details of several meetings held with the department, ATAN assistant secretary Paul, said the Association accepted the department’s invitation for a meeting where both sides held free and frank discussions.
ATAN said in a sudden development, the commissioner and secretary expressed ignorance of chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s statement who purportedly assured that aggrieved teachers appointed under “forged signatures of appointing authority” would be accommodated. ATAN said the chief minister assured the members on June 3 that those under the above category would be given fresh appointment even if they were over aged.
ATAN claimed that this assurance was also conveyed by the chief minister through the advisor for sericulture & cooperation, Azheto Zhimomi who issued had also issued a press statement.
Surprisingly, ATAN said, the officer expressed ignorance that such assurances were given. ATAN went on to say that, without respecting the sanctity of the previous meeting, the officer asked ATAN to bring the recorded conversation with the chief minister and even directed it to take the matter to court. Saying that the meeting with the officer had made no progress, ATAN said it ended abruptly since it did not have any record of the conversation with the chief minister owing to security protocol. It also said such a demand was no anticipated.
ATAN said on September 7, its members went to the officer to submit 18-page representation, but the officer did not even glance at and put it aside on the table. ATAN said its members felt insulted when the officer purportedly dismissed the representation by saying- “this holds no water” etc.
ATAN has expressed condemnation over the officer’s behaviour adding his “style of running government office, as an officer of such position should know how to handle in time of crisis though we don’t have to teach a high ranking officer.”
Meanwhile, when contacted over phone, commissioner & secretary education Mhathung Kithan responded that he had explained to ATAN members that he could not change a decision made by the cabinet with regard to those who fell under the ‘bogus teachers’ category. He further pointed out that there were around 500 who fell under the ‘bogus teachers’ category whose appointment and transfer orders etc were found to be bogus.
Hunger strike
In another statement, ATAN said it would resume agitation in the form of hunger strike from Monday at DEO Complex, Dimapur. ATAN executives have directed all its members to reach the venue at 9:00 am.
Saying it felt insecure by the “remarks of SP Kohima,” ATAN said it resolved to change the venue from Kohima to Dimapur where anybody/association could participate without fear psychosis. ATAN alleged that the security officer of a district could not provide security assurance to demonstrate in a democratic way in the state capital. ATAN informed that its members comprised of aggrieved teachers from all the tribes/districts.

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