NRMSATA indefinite class boycott from Aug 27

DIMAPUR, AUG 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 1:01:32 PM IST

Nagaland RMSA Teachers’ Association (NRMSATA) 2016 batch Friday announced that indefinite boycott of classes would be launched starting from August 27, 2018.

In a press release, NRMSATA-2016 president, Sao Venuh, and general secretary, Haisoliabe Ndang, informed all its members to strictly adhere to the association’s directives, failing which they would be dealt with severely. The association has also asked teachers on study leave to inform their substitutes to follow its directives.

NRMSATA 2016 has also convened a meeting of its central executives and district convenors on August 28, 2018 at 10:30am at TU building Kohima. NRMSATA has informed all its members to be mentally and physically prepared as the agitation was expected to intensify.

NRMSATA stated that class boycott call has been made after the state government failed to respond to the clarification it sought on the office memorandum (OM) regarding reduction of RMSA teachers’ salary.  The association stated that the government, instead of responding, has gone ahead to intimidate the RMSA teachers of 2016 batch with its order.

According to NRMSATA, the OM stated that reduction of salary was a directive of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as a policy of the merger of SSA and RMSA into Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SMSA) – an integrated scheme for school education.

However, it said the SMSA draft document clearly states that Central share under the scheme would be restricted as per the prevalent fund sharing pattern: primary teachers – up to Rs. 15000 per month; upper primary teachers  – up to Rs. 20000 per month and secondary teachers – up to Rs.25,000 per month. It said the draft document also states that the salary structure would be determined by the state norms for salaries. 

NRMSATA said fixation of Rs. 25000 per month for secondary teachers, therefore, did not indicate the actual salary, but simply the fund sharing pattern. Further, the association claimed that as per project approval board meeting minutes for Nagaland state Rs. 10171.12 lakh was estimated for the salary of teachers as per the norms of the scheme and the balance amount was to be met by the state out of its own resources.

On recruitment of teachers, the draft document laid down that teachers will be recruited as per the terms and conditions of the State /UTs. 

In this regard, NRMSATA 2016 has questioned what was the actual terms and conditions of the Nagaland for recruitment. It also asked why were there different categories of teachers based on the nature of appointment when everyone had gone through the same mode of recruitment i.e. written exam and viva voce.

In the light of the above, NRMSATA 2016 has demanded equal treatment of all teachers under SMSA and asked the government to issue new appointment orders to all the teachers irrespective of erstwhile schemes with the same terms and conditions.


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