NRMSATA 2016 demands revocation of OM

NRMSATA 2016 demands revocation of OM
NRMSATA 2016 batch during the dharna outside DoSE. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/4/2018 11:59:44 AM IST

Amidst restriction imposed by the Kohima district administration, RMSA teachers under the banner Nagaland RMSA Teachers Association (NRMSATA) 2016 batch staged a peaceful dharna below the Directorate of School Education (DoSE), opposite State museum here demanding revocation of August 17 office memorandum (OM), even as the police cordoned off the entire area.A huge contingent of security forces was deployed at the protest site, with the district administration officials reminding the agitating teachers that they were not allowed to stage the protest and gave a timeline to wind up.

NRMSATA activists, who gathered since morning, also held a brief meeting before dispersing by noon. They stated that they did not want to confront the district administration, adding that the association would decide the next phase of protest after meeting the officials concerned.

The August 17 OM issued by school education principal secretary Menukhol John mentioned about the merger of SSA and RMSA to a single entity Sarmagra Shiksha Abhiyan from 2018-19. 

It also stated that following the merger, Government of India (GoI) had issued guidelines fixing salary payable to RMSA subject teachers at Rs 25,000 per month from 2018-19. 

The OM directed RMSA teachers to submit acceptance of the new salary structure prescribed by GoI within a month’s time and that the revised salary would be made effective on completion of one month’s notice.

It further mentioned that service of teachers not accepting the pay revision prescribed by GoI would be deemed as terminated after expiry of one-month period.  

Later, speaking to media persons, NRMSATA executives expressed surprise at the statement of RMSA director as only clauses that favoured the authorities were allegedly highlighted.

They also informed that the points were extracted from the post creation notification order, dated October 28, 2015, but did not refer the points mentioned in terms and condition of the appointment order, which was different from the notification order.

They alleged that the October 28, 2015 notification order was flatly denied “to be official” by the former principal secretary during a meeting held on January 31, 2017, following which NRMSATA withdrew its intended representation.

According to the executive members, Project Approval board (PAB) minutes mentioned that the State should meet the remaining balance of Rs 6,315 from its own resources and that this clause was mentioned in the August 17 OM.   

NRMSATA office-bearers said though all 639 candidates appeared for the exams, 528 were issued appointment orders by mission director on February 9, 2016, while the remaining 111 teachers were issued the appointment orders by the director of school education on May 2.

Meanwhile, when contacted, sources from State Mission Authority, RMSA admitted that it was mentioned in the PAB minutes. They, however, reminded the October 28, 2015 OM, which stated that any liabilities created by RMSA should not be given to the State government. Stating this, an official said the State government would not be able to pay the remaining balance.


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