Saturday, January 28, 2023

Service regularization: ANATG-2015 batch stages protest


All Nagaland Ad hoc Teachers Group (ANATG)-2015 Batch, which deferred their proposed agitation by 20 days, resumed its agitation on Monday demanding immediate service regularisation.
Despite heavy downpour, hundreds of ANATG-2015 Batch from various government schools across the State, gathered at Naga Solidarity Park and staged a rally outside Nagaland Civil Secretariat complex, Kohima.
ANATG-2015 batch, comprising of 1,166 members, had on September 7 informed that the principal director school education communicated with its central team, requesting them to postpone the proposed agitation for another 20 days.
At the protest site, ANATG-2105 batch members were seen holding placards and banners, some of which read: “We have served the department/govt. for more than 11 years”, “Justice delayed is justice denied”, “The 1166 teachers of ANATG-2015 batch have already appeared/cleared the departmental suitability test in the year 2017” etc.
Briefing media-persons before the rally, ANATG-2015 Batch spokesperson Bendandgtemsu Ozukum said they comprise of graduate teachers, primary teachers, drawing teachers and other vocational teachers who have been appointed on ad hoc basis against sanctioned post from the year 1994 to 2012.
As per the School Education Department’s norms for service regularisation, the departmental suitability test, verification of documents and interviews were conducted by the government/department on May 20 and 22, 2017, he said.
However, he claimed that even after the fulfilment of all the criteria, the matter of regularisation was not considered.
Ozukum said that ANATG had decided to start the agitation from September 8 but accepting the request of the principal director of Education Department for 20-days to look into their demand, they cancelled the agitation.
Nonetheless, while the 20-days request ended on Sunday, the ANATG-2015 launched the agitation on Monday.
“We are serious and we will continue the agitation indefinitely and not settle for anything else other than service regularisation,” affirmed Ozukum.
Meanwhile, advisor for school education KT Sukhalu told PTI that the government and the department is concerned about the ad hoc teachers service regularisation.
The department is looking into it and will try and resolve the matter at the earliest, said Sukhalu.

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