Post Mortem

Hear our voice

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/1/2018 12:31:57 PM IST

 We are Graduate Teachers appointed under RMSA 2016. Since our appointment we have been working without monthly salary, mounting debts, worries about our fates, sleepless nights, stationed in our posting place, cut off from the comfort facilities where even to get ration, some of us has to walk miles by foot and if fate favours, occasionally getting lift from benevolent drivers passing-by. Come morning, we push our problems aside, teach the students with much dedication and sincerity, at times on an empty stomach (due to delay in payment of salary).

Patiently waiting upon the government with full confidence that one day things will change for the better and we will get our basic entitlements (salary) without the need of us begging for what is rightfully ours but in vain, days, months passes by but nothing changes. It drains our patience; after all we are only human. How much more can we bear? It weighs us down, this unfairness. We see our colleagues from the same school, some appointed through backdoor (am not being judgemental but just pointing out the disparity) where their job had been given on a platter, enjoying everything that the govt. can offer its servant—regular salary, other perks like DA, yearly increments, NPS, etc. They even get to check their GPF statements (longing that we could also do that) when we hear them discuss about it. Time comes when we even suffer from low self-esteem. 

We sat for exam, faced interview, waited patiently for our result with bated breath. We were excited though a little apprehensive when we were directed to sign a bond to receive our appointment letter. But as victims of circumstances we were compelled to sign the bond, one is made to wonder is this what we deserve? After all the sacrifices and efforts, we invested in sitting for competitive exams but reminded ourselves that our state government will never fail us so in good faith we shook off our doubts and signed the bond, deep in our hearts we believed that we will not be deprived of our rights as we are being appointed through proper channel. 

It is factual that some teachers appointed through other channel got regularised after some years and that gave us a ray of hope too that our job will also be regularised as well after few years when we were appointed through proper channel and we are qualified (highly) and meet the eligibility criteria of a secondary teacher (even higher secondary). Having said that we patiently waited for our years of service to increase trusting that hopefully we will get regularised, get increment, get all entitlements. (yay!)

But the good news never rang but instead one fine day we were showered with news of salary deduction which rained on us like acid. We are left to wonder is this how we are repaid for all the hard work we performed and contributed towards the nation building? Is this what we get for sacrificing our lives for a noble cause? Teaching profession is said to be the most noble profession and many of the teachers joined the profession because of their passion to teach, and help the poor students get quality education one step at a time considering the multiple challenges they had to face. Never in our wildest dream did we imagine ourselves in this position we are in today. However, situation compels us to fight for our rights and to raise our voice. Never did we imagine that we will be served with an Office Memorandum where our salary will be reduced and we face termination if we do not sign. Our dreams have been crushed by this OM.

So now we are left with these questions. Is this what we worked so sincerely for? Is this the reward we are  given for trying to live a life of integrity and passing competitive exam? 

We don’t have to tell our students the reason for our absence in our schools anymore. Because when the time comes they themselves ask, ‘Has the government not paid your salary again?’ We want to point out here that we have been compelled to boycott class, call for agitation when those days could have been spent in moulding and teaching the students.

Please stop harassing us. Help us so that we can perform our duties sincerely without those worries which have been mentioned above. We just want our salary and our recognition as govt. servants with every perks that the govt. has set for its servants. And no more threats about terminating us from our hard earned job. Stop heaping insults on us and don’t put us at this receiving end.

Is it wrong to trust in the government? That living life honestly, doing our work sincerely doesn’t deserve reward from you? Why are we being treated badly and not seen at par with our counterparts SSA and RMSA 2013?

Please help us help you to build our state, our nation by giving us equal chance. Give us what we deserve. Help us to show our students that honesty and integrity always wins in the long run and that life is more rewarding if we do things in the right way. 

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