Various teachers’ organizations at loggerheads with state govt

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/3/2018 12:29:00 PM IST

 RMSA teachers to stage sit-in today

Despite restriction by Kohima district administration, Nagaland RMSA Teachers’ Association (NRMSATA), 2016 has decided to go ahead with its proposed peaceful sit-in protest at directorate of school education here on Tuesday.
NRMSATA-2016 president Sao Venuh informed Nagaland Post that they were aware of the restriction of the district administration. He, however, assured that the teachers would not resort to any violence and express their grievances through peaceful means.
Clarifying that the teachers did not have any intention of confronting the government or department officials, he clarified that they would gather to express their resentment. Altogether, 639 teachers would participate in the sit-in on Tuesday, he added.
Meanwhile, when contacted, School Education principal secretary Menokhul John informed Nagaland Post that the department was sticking to guidelines and the terms and condition of the contractual appointment.
It may be mentioned that RMSA teachers of 2016 batch had rejected outright August 17 office memorandum, pointing out that the “manipulative document” was nothing short of “imposed slavery and discrimination”. The association said documents of the new scheme of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (following merger of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) did not distinguish SSA and RMSA teachers and their salary in anyway.
PSC suspends stir; govt assures to appoint DEO, SDEO
With the State government assuring to appoint DEO and SDEO in Longleng within two weeks, Phom Students’ Conference (PSC) has decided to suspend its stir with immediate effect. PSC president Mane Phom informed Nagaland Post that PSC had received a letter late on Monday evening from school education director Wonthungo Tsopoe, stating that the file was under process and that the matter was expected to be settled in about two weeks’ time, if not earlier.
On receiving the letter, Mane said the executive council convened an emergency meeting and decided to temporarily call off the protest, respecting and heeding to the assurance of the director.
However, PSC threatened to resume its agitation, if the government failed to meet its demand within the timeframe, and warned that the government would be held entirely responsible for any consequences that could occur during the course of protest.
Mane lamented that the government was well aware that Longleng district did not have DEO for the last six months and SDEO for the last three months. But, he alleged that the government did not take any initiative in spite of repeated representations.
It may be recalled that PSC has been demanding appointment of DEO and SDEO in Longleng district. And having received no positive response from the government, PSC resorted to an agitation programme in a phased manner, starting with wearing of black badges from September 1.
SSA teachers are regular govt employees, says NSSATA
DIMAPUR, SEP 3 (NPN): SSA teachers of 2010 & 2013 batch have affirmed that as per the nature of their appointment they were appointed as regular employees.
In a press release, Nagaland Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (NSSATA) president, Penthungo Y Yanthan, and general secretary, Vinoka Sohe, said that as per appointment order of SSA teachers 2010 and 2013 batch, the teachers were endowed with a pay scale, with all other allowances/rates prescribed by the Government of Nagaland from time to time with effect from the date of joining and deduction towards NPS and GIS. 
They also pointed out that as per the RTI reply to Ponchulo Wanth, it was clearly stated that “post creation is not done by the SSA, it is a Government of Nagaland undertaking. Hence teachers are appointed on a regular basis and their service is not co-terminus with SSA project”.
Unlike other SSA and RMSA contractual and ad hoc fixed teachers, they said SSA teachers of 2010 & 2013 batch along with RMSA 2013 batch were regular employees as per the advertisement and the nature of appointment.
NRMSATA 2013 clarifies
Responding to a certain question why RMSA 2013 and SSA 2010 & 2013 batch teachers were not brought under the purview of the office memorandum (OM) that was served on contractual subject teachers under RMSA vis-à-vis new fixed pay, the RMSA 2013 batch teachers have clarified they were appointed as regular employees by the directorate of school education, Government of Nagaland.
In a press release, NRMSATA 2013 president, Mhasikholie Paul Belho, and general secretary, Vika S Sumi, stated that as per appointment order RMSA 2013 batch teachers enjoyed a pay band with all other allowances/rates prescribed by the government of Nagaland from time to time with effect from the date of joining and deduction towards NPS and GIS. They said their appointment order was issued by the directorate of school education and not by RMSA mission. They also said that the particular OM was not applicable to RMSA 2013 and SSA 2010 & 2013 batch. 
RMSA claims teachers informed of clauses prior to appointment
DIMAPUR, SEP 3 (NPN): In the backdrop of ongoing strike by Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) teachers in the State, Nagaland Education Mission Society, RMSA has clarified that their appointments were purely on a contractual basis and subject to several clauses, including liable to be terminated with one month notice, as and when deemed fit by the appointing authority.  A press release issued by state mission director, Limawabang Aier, claimed that it was specifically mentioned that the tenure of their engagement was co-terminus with RMSA and that payment of salary would be subject to release of fund for the purpose by Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD). Aier said that another clause stated that the RMSA teachers would not resort to any kind of agitation over salary. Similarly, he said clause 4 specifically mentioned “The appointments are through funding under RMSA programme” and that in clause 6 it was stated “That the state government will not be responsible for their salaries including future service career of the appointees.”  The mission director explained that MHRD had integrated the erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan into a single entity and christened it as Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan from 2018-19. Following this merger, GoI had issued guidelines fixing salary payable to RMSA subject teachers at Rs 25,000 per month from 2018-19, he added.
Therefore, Aier said notice was served to this category of teachers to accept the salary of Rs 25,000, which was a drop from the earlier Rs 31,315. He said, on being served this notice, the current agitation had started. 
But, he asserted that RMSA did not have any means of getting additional fund to maintain their existing salary of Rs 31,315.
According to Aier, RMSA State mission office had also issued a notice to the teachers to attend to their duties, but went unheeded.
He urged all the agitating teachers to take a decision as an individual on whether to accept the offered salary or not and report to their respective DEOs. Aier also provided relevant official documents to substantiate his claims.

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