Nagaland : Govt seeks time to resolve teachers’ issue

The state government on Sunday requested for 18 months’ time to bring the issue that is, to mainstream the services of about 2,500 teachers employed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) into the school education cadre, to a logical conclusion.

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) had, on October 12, launched a ban on movement of government registered vehicles to protest against the state government’s alleged inaction in absorbing a large group of teachers of the 2010 and 2013 batches into the state cadre.

“We (state government and student bodies) have come to a meeting point,” NSF president Ninoto Awomi said, explaining that on October 18, the government issued a letter to the two organisations, assuring them that the matter would be brought to a logical conclusion “once and for all” within a period of 18 months. Following this development, the NSF and ENSF have called off the ban call restricting movement of government registered vehicles.

“We thank the student community for standing up with us throughout the journey for a cause that is fair and just; and the state government for taking positive active action in the interest of the teaching community,” the NSF and ENSF said in a press release.