Saturday, March 8, 2014

SSA teachers to launch stir starting from March 10

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 7 (NPN)
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Published on 8 Mar. 2014 1:30 AM IST
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Dismayed with the “non-responsive attitude” of the School Education department on the issue of non-payment of salaries and arrears, over 2700 teachers appointed through the Centre’s flagship programme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Nagaland have threatened to boycott work from March 10.
Nagaland SSA Teachers Association (NSSATA) sources informed Nagaland Post that due to the non-payment of salaries for the past four months (November to February), the teachers compelled to protest.
Four months salary not paid; arrears since 2013 not cleared
There are 2730 teachers appointed under SSA since 2010 but their salaries have not been paid regularly by the government, alleged president of the Nagaland SSA Teachers’ Association Visechol Chaya and general secretary Samina Meru.
Stating that the association had earlier served an ultimatum to the school education department on January 30 through ANSTA to clear the salaries and arrears (since 2013), sources however lamented that the department ignored thier demands and failed to comply with the ultimatum.
For Mokokchung district, though general meeting has been convened on March 11, the protest would begin as scheduled on March 10, sources informed.
The Association has also sought support from student organizations and NGOs in settling their demands.
The Association has demanded that the SSA teachers be inducted as regular government employees and their salaries be released from the non-plan revenue expenditure.
It has also demanded that all new appointments and filling up of vacant posts be suspended till the issue of the SSA teachers was resolved. The Association has also sought support from student organisations and NGOs in settling their demands.
ANSTA appeals govt. on pending salaries
DIMAPUR, MAR 7 (NPN): All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) has appealed the department of school education and SCERT to release the pending salaries of the teachers appointed under Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).
ANSTA also said if the government failed to release the salaries, the association would be compelled to take “hardest step” and the authority would be held responsible for any untoward incident.
The decision was taken “unanimously” during a joint meeting with aggrieved teachers on January 28 and reaffirmed on March 6 at the executive body meeting held in Kohima.
According to a representation submitted to the commissioner & secretary, department of school education & SCERT, about 2730 teachers under SSA, 300 plus teachers appointed as Special Education Teachers under IEDSS and 1379 Hindi teachers have been so far appointed under the same schemes.
These teachers have not been paid for the last four months (November 2013 to February 2014), Special Education Teachers have been paid up to August 2013 only (September 2013 to February 2014 salary pending) and for Hindi teachers three months salaries (December 2013 to February 2014) were yet to be released, said ANSTA. The association reiterated non-payment of salaries in time had threatened the survival of the teachers. 
ANSTA requested the state government to pay the salaries from the state fund/budget before the funding agencies released fund and that the same could be recovered later as and when the Centre released its share. It also appealed the government to deposit its share of 10% early as without which the Centre would not release its share (90%) as per the norm.
The inability of appointing authority in making regular payment of salary might compel the teachers to resort to “no pay no work” strike which might cripple normal functioning of government schools across the state.

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