NRMSATA 2016 flays govt, demands clarification

DIMAPUR, AUG 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/22/2018 11:42:22 AM IST

Nagaland RMSA Teachers’ Association (NRMSATA) 2016 batch has condemned the State government for allegedly having gone back on its assurance to ensure that the teachers’ salary was not reduced. 

In a press release issued by its president Sao Venuh and general secretary Haisoliabe Ndang, NRMSATA 2016 said, in response to its seven-day ultimatum demanding release of four months’ salary, a consultative meeting was called by school education principal secretary involving RMSA officials and its office-bearers on Monday. 

The association claimed that in the meeting, both the principal secretary and RMSA mission director maintained that the controversial office memorandum notifying reduction of RMSA teachers’ salary by Rs 6,315 as per the directive from the Union ministry of human resource development following the merger of SSA and RMSA into Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan was “unofficial” and assured to do their best efforts to ensure that the teachers’ salary was not reduced. 

However, the NRMSATA alleged that, contrary to their assurance, RMSA teachers from different districts were served the office memorandum, dated August 17, and asked to go to their respective DEOs and sign the bond agreement for accepting the reduced salary with the threat that their services would be terminated, if it was not accepted within a month’s time. 

Strongly condemning the “betrayal” by the government, the association sought clarification from the government on the matter, besides seeking immediate revocation of the office memorandum.

Reaffirming its earlier stand never to accept reduced salary at any point of time, NRMSATA asked all its members to refrain from signing the bond and warned that those who signed would be doing so at their own risk. 

The association also questioned why the office memorandum was served only to RMSA 2016 batch teachers, if it was based on the merger of SSA and RMSA into Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. 

According to NRMSATA, it was clearly mentioned in bold letters in the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan draft document that the salary structure would be determined by State norms for salaries and that all teachers were ultimately the responsibility of the State. Hence, all teachers recruited through the same mode of appointment i.e., through “free and fair” means should be given equal treatment regardless of the year of appointment or erstwhile scheme, it demanded.



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