Sunday, February 5, 2023

ANATG-2015 batch indefinite strike enters 7th day

Correspondent

As the nation celebrated Gandhi Jayanti on Sunday, the peaceful protest by the aggrieved teachers of All Nagaland Adhoc Teachers Group (ANATG) 2015 batch appears to be finding no resolution as the hunger strike continued on its second day while in total, the protest has been ongoing for the seventh day.
ANATG-2015 has been demanding regularisation of services and chosen Naga Solidarity Park here as the venue for hunger strike. On Sunday, ANATG held a prayer service led by some of the members sharing testimonials and prayer points.
Spokesperson of the group Bendangtemsu Ozuküm said, in strict adherence to Christian tenets members decided not to engage in any official decision-making activity to keep the Sabbath holy.
Expressing happiness at the big turnout of the members at the service, he said the members also collected free will offering, which will be used for charity work. Ozukum also disclosed that ANATG may have to make some changes with the mode of agitation, but assured that it will remain democratic and peaceful.
He also disclosed that ten of the total of 1,166 members had passed away ever since ANATG started its agitation, while a few of them were terminally ill and could not participate in the current agitation.
According to Ozukum, around 900 to 1,000 members were attending the protest daily, as per the register that was re-cording attendance district wise. Ozukum also exuded confidence that all its members who participated in the agitation will continue till fulfilment of their demand.
He also informed that the nomenclature ANATG-2015 was coined by the State government in an official communique and that was how it was adopted and being used since then.
He said ANATG will relocate the venue to another site for a few days and continue with their protest since one tribe organisation had pre-booked the area for some days.
He added that core committee members were making the arrangements accordingly.

SourceNPN
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