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ATAN calls off indefinite strike
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 14 (NPN):
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Published on 15 Sep. 2010 12:54 AM IST
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Members of the Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland (ATAN) on Tuesday called off the indefinite hunger strike, following a meeting with minister for education and other government officials who gave the assurance that the termination orders would be withheld provided the strike was called off. Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland also claimed that state chief minister Neiphiu Rio had assured members that he would look into their grievances.
The decision to call off the hunger strike came after a meeting between ATAN members and minister for Education Neiwang Konyak, chief secretary Lalthara and other senior government officials. MLA & advisor sericulture & cooperation Azheto, who was also present during the meeting, acted as the mediator.
An executive member of ATAN disclosed that the meeting was a ‘hard bargain’ though without concrete outcome. While appreciating the presence of Education minister at the meeting, the members also hoped that the government would be considerate in settling the matter at the earliest.
They (ATAN) also cautioned that the agitation would be resumed if the government failed to implement the assurances.
Meanwhile, the second day of the indefinite hunger strike at DEO office, Dimapur ended with one ATAN member who had to be hospitalized at the civil hospital where ultra sound was done. It was also reported that some of the striking ATAN members suffered various medical complications.
ATAN forms probe panel
Meanwhile, ATAN has decided to constitute a fact finding committee in order to initiate an independent investigation to “unearth the hidden mystery in the education department anomaly.”
ATAN in a statement, issued by its co-convenor Mozen Aier, said the members also made a “Declaration” on September 14, 2010, which resolved to continue the fight till justice was delivered.
ATAN also warned that in the event of any harm befalling any of the signatories by some vested interest, the signatories will take collective actions against the defaulters/accused as deemed fit.
ATAN also requested all members and well wishers to contribute towards its cause.
In another separate release, ATAN executive member Ihoshe alleged that due to “incompetent official” thousands of educated Nagas were put in a dilemma.
He further alleged that teachers were being victimized due to inefficiency within the education department.
He urged upon NGOs to intervene with the right approach towards the “unjust act” of the department and government.
Further he also made an appeal to all for supporting ATAN and also lauded the assurance given by the chief minister as “wise and preventive decision.”

 
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