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ANATG-2015 rejects hike of fixed pay for ad hoc teachers

DIMAPUR, SEP 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/6/2018 12:13:58 PM IST

All Nagaland Ad hoc Teachers’ Group, 2015 batch (ANATG-2015) has rejected enhancement of fixed pay of ad hoc teachers sans regularisation of their services.

In a memorandum to School Education principal secretary, ANATG-2015 president Ruguotsolie and general secretary Pekato Zhimomi said the August 29, 2018 Office Memorandum (OM), hiking the fixed salary of ad hoc teachers came to their knowledge on September 3. But, they accused the government of enforcing the decision without taking into consideration their primary demand of service regularisation, which had been reminded time and again. 

The group alleged that during a meeting at the School Education directorate when its agitation was on, the government had proposed to its office-bearers a new scale of pay. However, the very next day, the government denied the move, it added.

Pointing out that the government had already granted pay scales to graduate teachers (GTs) and primary teachers (PTs) appointed from July 1, 2017 through an order dated October 13, 2017, ANATG termed enhancing the meagre fixed salary of GTs and PTs as an injustice to the teachers who had been serving prior to December 31, 2012 for Rs 8,400 (GT) and 6,700 (PT) per month respectively.

ANATG-2015 clarified that 1,166 ad hoc teachers had appeared for the suitability test for regularisation and not for doubling their fixed salary or for scale of pay. Thus, the group said its primary demand was regularisation of services.

The memorandum mentioned that the 1,166 ad hoc teachers who were appointed against vacant government-sanctioned posts prior to December 31, 2012 were granted a meagre fixed pay, against which ANATG-2015 did not protest. 

But it alleged that teachers appointed under the same category with effect from July 1, 2017 were granted scale of pay vide October 31, 2017 order. 

As such, the group argued that, if the later appointees were justified for better salary, the same yardstick should be applied to all the employees under the same department.

ANATG-2015 asserted that government’s act of granting pay scale to the teachers appointed after July 1, 2017 was discriminatory in nature as it implied that the teachers appointed prior to December 31, 2012 were less competent in delivering the same quality of services.

Rejecting the enhancement of fixed pay, the association urged the principal secretary to do the needful in regularising the services.

 

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