NRMSATA 2016 reacts to department’s claims

DIMAPUR, SEP 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/4/2018 11:22:20 AM IST

Dismissing the clarification of RMSA regarding appointment of teachers, Nagaland RMSA Teachers Association (NRMSATA), 2016 batch has, however, decided to refrain from going ahead with its black-badge protest scheduled on Wednesday. 

In a statement, NRMSATA president Sao Venuh and general secretary Haisoliabe Ndang explained that, as a mark of respect to all teachers who were sacrificing themselves for nation building and also to enable smooth conduct of various programmes planned that day across the State, RMSA teachers would refrain from donning black badges on Teachers’ Day. 

Expressing surprise at the documents produced by the department in support of its claims and the reference to various clauses, NRMSATA clarified that RMSA teachers were given only two documents, viz., the engagement order and contractual bond that contained some clauses. It asserted that the mission director’s quotes of clause 4 that “the appointments are through funding under RMSA programme” and clause 6 that “the state government will not be responsible for their salaries, including future service career of the appointees” were derived from the post creation notification (No. DSE/RMSA-UPGRADATION/2011) that was never displayed for public consumption during advertisement and nor during declaration of results or even during issuance of engagement order. 

The association reasoned that even if one had to consider genuineness of the document, the entire clauses under this notification must be taken into consideration, including the introduction that stated that the sanctioned posts were entitled for all other allowances as admissible under rules enforced in Nagaland. 

According to NRMSATA, clause 1(ii) under this document also stated that “627 posts of graduate teachers against 112 upgraded RMSA Govt. High Schools in the pay band of Rs 9,300-34,800 with grade pay of Rs 4200 per month”. But in contravention to this term, the association accused the department of fixing salary at Rs 31,315 with no pay band and other additional allowances.

The release also pointed out that the beginning of Clause 4 stated that “the department of School Education shall clearly specify the terms and condition of appointment”, but alleged that the terms and conditions of appointment in the post creation notification was never put up before the teachers or the official gazette for consumption and reference.

NRMSATA asserted that the statement of the mission director that “Government of India had issued guidelines fixing salary payable to RMSA subject teachers at Rs 25,000 per month from 2018-19” too was not justifiable on two grounds. 

Firstly, because the actual statement under the guidelines mentioned that the Central’s share for teachers’ salary would be restricted up to Rs 25,000 and that PAB minutes of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan for Nagaland mentioned that the balance amount (in addition to Central and mandatory State matching share) would have to be met by the State from its own resources. And, secondly, as the revised salary of Rs 25,000 was applied only to certain section of RMSA teachers and not to every RMSA teacher.



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