Naga Council (NC) has made a public appeal to the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio over the prolonged agitation of the aggrieved teachers’ issue seeking his attention to the matter in view of repeated appeals from the aggrieved section of teachers.
Naga Council president, Savi Liegise said that the ATAN members had a meeting with Naga Council on November 11 to make an appeal over the aggrieved teachers’ issue and that the Council was under public obligation for the humble submission.
According to the Naga Council, opinions elicited by ATAN members included objection of being subjected to undergo a formal examination again on the ground that they had served for 7 to 8 years in similar exam and feared that they may not fare so well as a result of which, the government may summarily terminate them, adding, it would be “unacceptable”. ATAN members also demanded sufficient time for preparation of the exam along with the rest of the “12,000 to 13,000” or so teachers, else it stated it would boycott the exam or insist on blanket reinstatement of all. The members further demanded sufficient time for preparation and conduct an eligibility test or suitability test with clear norms instead of a formal examination.
Naga council in this regard appealed Rio for special attention to the issue on humanitarian grounds considering the fact that many genuine lives and innocent dependents might be put to peril through past oversight in departmental management which neither the government currently in power was to be wholly blamed nor the genuine teachers.